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Committee on Science and Technology of the United States House of Representatives Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“For too long we have depended on a handful of finite resources to power our economy. Our future lies in our ability to develop a wide range of energy technologies using the cleanest natural resources from the sun, the oceans, and the earth. To do this we have to tap America’s most abundant and renewable resource – the human spirit of innovation that has given us the quality of life we enjoy today.”

“Gordon: Bold Efforts on Energy Contained in House Package Will Put U.S. on Path to a More Sustainable Future,” www.science.house.gov, June 28, 2007

Description:

“Led by Representative Bart Gordon of Tennessee, the Members of the House Committee on Science and Technology are tenured, knowledgeable and committed to careful oversight of the Committee’s far-reaching jurisdiction.

That jurisdiction includes all non-defense federal scientific research and development (R&D) at a number of federal agencies, including (either completely or in part): National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Committee is responsible for overseeing research and development programs at all of these federal agencies.”

“About the Committee on Science and Technology,” www.science.house.gov (accessed Dec. 2, 2008)

Mission:

“Our Members understand that scientific advancement is one of the keys to U.S. competitiveness in a global marketplace. Though federal budgets have not been kind to R&D in recent years, Committee Members are committed to increasing awareness of the importance of a sustained R&D commitment as well as responsible federal budgeting.”

“About the Committee on Science and Technology,” www.science.house.gov (accessed Dec. 2, 2008)

Other:
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  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?