As a percentage of economic output, US funding lags well behind its western counterparts Canada, France, Denmark, and Norway, among others.
The current funding drought for scientific research is having a real and measurable effect on scientific productivity.
Historically, energy innovation has rarely become highly politicized because Republicans, Democrats and independents share a common interest in scientific breakthroughs and technological progress that improve people’s lives.
Since 2010, real investments in federal government energy R&D have been flat, and actually declined adjusted for inflation.
In 2009 and 2010, federal funding for energy R&D through the Department of Energy reached $6 billion (in 2014 dollars).
Tight federal budgets are one reason why energy technology R&D has stagnated, but you can blame politics as well.
AEIC members Norm Augustine, John Doerr, Bill Gates, Chad Holliday, Jeffrey Immelt, and Tom Linebarger sent the following letter today to members of Congress. FEBRUARY 24, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC The Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader S-230 U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of the House of Representatives H-232 U.S. Capitol Read more about AEIC’s Letter to Members of Congress on Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership[…]
Energy technology innovation is critical for expanding U.S. economic growth, enhancing energy security, and protecting our environment. However, critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) in its third report, Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership: Report Card, Challenges, and Opportunities, released today. The Read more about AEIC Releases Recommendations for Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership[…]
The provision of safe, clean, affordable, and sustainable energy is one of the foremost tests America faces—and the current innovation investment is simply not up to the task.
The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty.