Geology & Public Policy News Archive
House’s FIRST Act a step backward for geoscience funding
The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act (H.R.4186), which would reauthorize funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015, went through a markup and passed by a voice vote in the research panel of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on 13 March. [ read on ]
Mixed Bag for Geoscience in FY2015 Request
The Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year 2015 budget request on 4 March. The request follows the framework and overall spending cap set in the Bipartisan Budget Act the last December. In addition to the budget request that adheres to the caps, the Administration proposed a $56 billion “Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative” that provides an outline of where additional spending would occur if offsets were made. Science would see large increases from that fund, particularly at NSF, NASA and NOAA, but congressional leaders have said they intend to follow the caps and will not consider this package. [ more ]
GSA, scientific organizations concerned about FIRST Act
75 organizations concerned about the FIRST Act of 2014 because it "sets forth funding levels for the National Science Foundation that provide no real growth and stand to further erode our scientific infrastructure". [ read letter ]
The Task Force on American Innovation urged Congress to provide resources that will enable real growth in the research activities. The many industries, universities and professional societies that comprise TFAI urge [Congress] to appropriate funds to science and technology accounts that will allow us to reinvigorate our innovation base. [ read letter ]
Energy From the Earth (Briefing Series, Part 3)
Nuclear Energy: Resources, Geological Hazards, and Waste Management.
The United States is the world’s largest producer of nuclear power. More than 19 percent of the nation’s electricity comes from 104 operating reactors at 65 nuclear power plants in 31 states. Nuclear energy produces stable, base-load power with essentially no CO2 emissions. However, power-plant failures such as the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan and the inability of the United States to develop a long-term plan for nuclear waste storage have led to negative public perceptions of nuclear energy and raise questions about the future of this energy source.
Tuesday, 11 March, 1–2 p.m., Longworth House Office Building 1334
The Task Force on American Innovation urges Congress to make scientific research a top priority
The many companies, universities, and scientific societies represented by the Task Force agree that America’s role as the world innovation leader is in danger, and unless our nation changes course we will lose not only our lead, but the benefits to our economy and national security that stem from being first in the world in innovation. [ more ]
GSA supports the National Ground Water Monitoring Network
With groundwater providing nearly half of the nation’s drinking water and more than 40 percent of irrigation water, our nation’s economy, security, and the public’s well-being depend on knowing the status and trends of this vital resource. [ read letter ]
Exploring Earthquakes: Analyzing the past to protect lives and property today
10am, Friday, 28 Feb., Rayburn 2325, Washington D.C.
In the 50 years since the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America struck Alaska (1964), earthquakes have cost billions of dollars of economic loss in addition to countless lives in the United states and worldwide. Advances in science and engineering have made people safer -- bu the job is not done. GSA is co-hosting a briefing with the USGS and partners to explore what more needs to be accomplished to build resilience for the future.
Energy from the Earth Briefing Series
GSA has joined with a number of other scientific societies to hold a series of congressional briefings highlighting the vital geoscience information needed for effective policy making on topical energy issues. Recent briefing topics include an overview of energy resources and geothermal energy. Learn more about these topics and upcoming briefings.
GSA Submits Testimony on Federal Travel Restrictions
"Many federal scientists who had planned to present their research had to withdraw from GSA meetings this year. This resulted in federally-funded research that was not as broadly disseminated and opportunities for collaborations." missed. [ more ]
The Task Force on American Innovation, a coalition of industry, universities, and scientific societies including GSA — is pleased that the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan majorities. [ read letter ]
Science Sees Increases in FY14 Funding
At long last, the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) were signed into law on 17 January 2014. When signing the bill, President Obama noted, “[W]e now have a bill that will … make sure that we are doing everything we need to do to advance our research agenda in this country and innovate.” [ more ]
Energy from the Earth
Briefing Series, Part 2 — Wed., 29 January, Washington, D.C.
In this briefing "Geothermal Energy Transformations: Nationwide Resources and Value Chains", speakers will highlight recent successes in geothermal research and address questions, including:
- What is the potential for geothermal energy, domestically and abroad?
- What is the pathway to generating more than 10% of U.S. electricity from geothermal energy?
- What are the environmental risks and challenges? How can they be mitigated?
- What are the current barriers to geothermal development?
Critical Minerals: Congressional Actions and GSA's Position
Legislation currently being considered in the House and Senate address concerns about the availability of international supplies of critical minerals and the United States' capacity for domestic production. [ learn more ]
Looking for objective information on critical issues? See GSA’s new Critical Issue resource on Hydraulic Fracturing for members, policy-makers, and the general public.
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), which includes GSA, has issued a letter outlining concerns with draft legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. [ read letter ]
GSA Urges Support for Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). [ read letter ]