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Commitments, Ideology Clash Over DOE Research Spending

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Science  11 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6057, pp. 754-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6057.754

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Scientists funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) find themselves at the center of two conflicts. One is an ideological battle between the Obama Administration and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives over the type of research that should be funded. The other, more practical, tussle involves making allocations within DOE's $4.8 billion Office of Science. The ideological struggle may garner more attention, but the practical one may cause DOE-funded researchers greater heartache.