Attack on Climate Studies Would Shutter Entire DOE Biology Program

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Science  18 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6023, pp. 1378-1379
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6023.1378

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Scientists were caught by surprise when they found out that the Department of Energy's office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) would be shut down if a 2011 spending bill passed last month by the House of Representatives holds sway. The new Republican House majority has pledged to trim the federal deficit by cutting spending—and to be sure, House leaders are not fans of government-funded climate change research. But researchers also say the assault on BER—one of several agencies that support climate research—reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the office's role in generating data for the global climate models that many Republicans love to hate.