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With Money Tight, White House Panel Offers New Path to Energy Research

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Science  03 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6009, pp. 1305
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6009.1305-a

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In a period of avowed austerity in Washington, D.C., can the government spark a technological revolution in energy without raiding the U.S. Treasury? A new report embraced by the White House says yes. Small surcharges on energy production and use could raise the billions of dollars needed for additional research and development, it says, and a quadrennial energy review and other administrative changes would help spend the money wisely. But even fans of the plan, which echoes other recent high-level reports on the topic, say it faces sizable political and logistical challenges.