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DOE's Push to Train a New Generation Falters in House

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Science  10 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5937, pp. 130-131
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_130

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How will the United States find the talent to fuel its clean-energy economy? Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has a solution—a 10-year, $1.7 billion education program called RE-ENERGYSE (REgaining our ENERGY Science and Engineering Edge)—and the physics Nobelist says there's no time to waste. But Congress may prefer to wait until next year. Late last month, the House energy and water appropriations subcommittee agreed that improving U.S. science education is important but said that the Department of Energy needs to do a better job of explaining how RE-ENERGYSE fits into existing programs at other federal agencies.