28 Feb '17, 11pm

At ARPA-E Summit, Many a Plea for Federal Funding of Basic Research

The debate over how best to fund early-stage energy innovation took on a keen sense of urgency at the Department of Energy's ARPA-E Summit near Washington, D.C. this week. Leading speakers at the advanced energy research agency's annual gathering Monday portrayed science funding as a matter of national interest and economic vitality. This was no academic debate: That same day, the Trump administration said it wants to boost the Pentagon's budget by $54 billion at the expense of other federal agencies. The exact sources of the cuts have not been publicly determined, but long-term R&D programs are under threat. That prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to declare , “The president is surrendering America’s leadership in innovation, education, science and clean energy.” Over at National Harbor, on the banks of the Potomac River, the ARPA-E conference kicked o...

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