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House Panel Cuts DOE Education Program

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Science  03 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5936, pp. 20
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_20b

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A House spending panel has rejected a comprehensive $115 million science education initiative from the Department of Energy (DOE) to train a new cadre of scientists pursuing basic and applied research on clean energy. President Barack Obama unveiled the effort, dubbed RE-ENERGYSE, in a 27 April speech to the National Academy of Sciences, and it is part of the department's 2010 budget request now before Congress. But legislators feel that the idea is still half-baked.