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Shit You Can't Make Up: Bush to Lay Off Renewable Energy Researchers

Bush's Goals on Energy Quickly Find Obstacles

. . .The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports. . . .

by TGeraghty on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 12:08:22 PM EST
this regime is a piece of work, ain't it?

it's like they all read orwell as a how-to handbook.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:48:57 PM EST
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De - just slightly OT, but did you ever take a look at our Energize America programme?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 07:06:31 PM EST
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that was posted during a busy time for me and I am sorry to say I did not read it.  and now it has whirled away down the news river.  send url?

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 09:36:55 PM EST
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FYI the director of NREL blames the lab's funding problems on the recently enhanced practice by Congress of "earmarking" funds for state-specific projects, not under scientific review. This is done by both Democrats and Republicans, and is a significant problem with the current funding mechanism.

Democratic Senator Harry Reid and the $33 million in funds Reid got earmarked for Nevada's own alternative energy projects is being particularly singled out in this case.

by asdf on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 09:39:34 PM EST
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First of all, earmarking is a Republican thing:

Republicans Indulging in Pork Along With Power

. . . Legislation for labor, health and education programs, for instance, carries earmarks valued at more than $860 million this year [2003]. A comparable bill written by Democrats and passed in 1994, according to the report, had none. . . .

Second, if you believe that story that it's all Harry Reid's fault, then I've got some swampland in Florida you might be interested in.

by TGeraghty on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 12:35:50 AM EST
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