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1026Re: Obama promises major investment to the National Academy of Sciences

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  • baypointmike
    May 1, 2009
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      --- In UnboundedEducation@yahoogroups.com, "baypointmike" <baypointmike@...> wrote:
      > Obama promises major investment in scienceBy RANDOLPH E. SCHMID The
      > Associated Press
      > Monday, April 27, 2009; 1:13 PM

      Yes, but did he listen to the Scintists?

      Does he believe Global Warming is Real?

      How come he proposes nothing new on GW?
      > WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised a new era of science and
      > technology for the nation, telling the National Academy of Sciences on
      > Monday that he wants to devote more funds to research and development.
      > America has fallen behind other countries in science, Obama said.
      > "I believe it is not in our character, American character, to follow _
      > but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today
      > to set this goal: we will devote more than 3 percent of our gross
      > domestic product to research and development," Obama said in a speech at
      > the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences.
      > That 3 percent would amount to about $420 billion. "We will not just
      > meet but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the space
      > race," he said.
      > That pursuit of discovery a half century ago fueled the nation's
      > prosperity and success, Obama told the academy.
      > "The commitment I am making today will fuel our success for another 50
      > years," he said. "This work begins with an historic commitment to basic
      > science and applied research."
      > And he set forth a wish list including solar cells as cheap as paint;
      > green buildings that produce all the energy they consume; learning
      > software as effective as a personal tutor; prosthetics so advanced that
      > you could play the piano again and "an expansion of the frontiers of
      > human knowledge about ourselves and world the around us.'
      > "We can do this," Obama said to applause.In recent years, he said,
      > "scientific integrity has been undermined and scientific research
      > politicized in an effort to advance predetermined ideological agendas."
      > He then drew chuckles, commenting: "I want to be sure that facts are
      > driving scientific decisions, not the other way around," Obama said.
      > "At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to
      > invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at a
      > moment defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree," Obama
      > said."Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our
      > health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been,"
      > he said.
      > Obama said he plans to double the budget of key science agencies over a
      > decade, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy
      > Office of Science and the National Institutes of Standards and
      > Technology.
      > He also announced the launch of the Advanced Research Projects
      > Agency-Energy. It is a new Department of Energy organization modeled
      > after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, that led in
      > development of the Internet, stealth aircraft and other technological
      > breakthroughs.
      > And he said the Energy Department and the National Science Foundation
      > will offer programs and scholarships to encourage American students to
      > pursue careers in science, engineering and business related to clean
      > energy.

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