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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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