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house Bill H.R. 589

Should the Energy Dept. Focus on Supporting & Coordinating Basic Science Research Across the U.S.?

Argument in favor

The Dept. of Energy provides important science research support through its national labs, grants for university researchers, and support of public-private partnerships. It’s important to fund DOE and provide structure to its initiatives in order to maintain American scientific innovation.

cmsharpless's Opinion
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01/24/2017
For those wanting the full text, go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/589. I'm an environmental scientist with research expertise in a few of the areas covered by this bill. I've read the whole legislation, and it appears to simply be authorization to DOE to enact a very balanced research and infrastructure agenda that includes explicit support for initiatives in solar energy and climate change (carbon capture and storage) among other things.
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09/13/2018
We need our policy-making to be based on real science. As long as no one is trying to buy (or bury) specific results, there should be ample funding for research
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Jessica's Opinion
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01/25/2017
If you are going to make a decision of whether you are for or against this bill, please read the actual bill. I read it over and I see nothing about denying climate change. There are actually sections of this bill that call for accelerated research on clean energy resources. It seems everything is okay right now.
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Argument opposed

Much of the energy research done by the Dept. of Energy could be done by the private sector without expense to taxpayers, so there’s need for it to be done by the DOE. The agency should be eliminated altogether and its funding re-allocated.

Bekah's Opinion
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01/23/2017
Is there a way to read the whole bill on the app? This description is quite vague.
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Caitlin's Opinion
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01/23/2017
This bill stands to discredit climate change science and the overall world consensus to switch to cleaner energies. The fossil fuel industry is dirty in every sense of the term, down to the greed that drives it. A ten-year old could deduce that oil spills have killed millions of animals and polluted the oceans, that coal burning and refining pollutes the air and water. Fracking causes man-made earthquakes and pollutants from the fracking process have already contaminated water sources. Fossil fuels will not be able to sustain the future populations without dire consequences that threaten our most basic needs for life on Earth to survive. This is true, no matter how Big Oil spins it. It is a travesty that we are not harnessing the power of the sun and our garbage for solar and thermal power. Shame on any politician who thinks otherwise. Corporate lobbying for this continued obsession is a sickness upon the civil liberties of not just American citizens, but of all that share the lands and oceans of this planet.
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Bryen's Opinion
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01/23/2017
Don't let them destroy our planet with the fossil fuel industry! Tell Putin to shove his $500 Billion worth of oil up his Russian butt along with our new Secretary of State.
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    For those wanting the full text, go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/589. I'm an environmental scientist with research expertise in a few of the areas covered by this bill. I've read the whole legislation, and it appears to simply be authorization to DOE to enact a very balanced research and infrastructure agenda that includes explicit support for initiatives in solar energy and climate change (carbon capture and storage) among other things.
    Like (71)
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    Is there a way to read the whole bill on the app? This description is quite vague.
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    This bill stands to discredit climate change science and the overall world consensus to switch to cleaner energies. The fossil fuel industry is dirty in every sense of the term, down to the greed that drives it. A ten-year old could deduce that oil spills have killed millions of animals and polluted the oceans, that coal burning and refining pollutes the air and water. Fracking causes man-made earthquakes and pollutants from the fracking process have already contaminated water sources. Fossil fuels will not be able to sustain the future populations without dire consequences that threaten our most basic needs for life on Earth to survive. This is true, no matter how Big Oil spins it. It is a travesty that we are not harnessing the power of the sun and our garbage for solar and thermal power. Shame on any politician who thinks otherwise. Corporate lobbying for this continued obsession is a sickness upon the civil liberties of not just American citizens, but of all that share the lands and oceans of this planet.
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    Don't let them destroy our planet with the fossil fuel industry! Tell Putin to shove his $500 Billion worth of oil up his Russian butt along with our new Secretary of State.
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    Sec 206 under Title II is where I believe the other commenters are referring to. This bill seeks to implement "innovative" technology research which, by the bill's definition, "innovative" also includes domestic expansion on production of coal, oil or gas. That is where I disagree on the bill fundamentally.
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    No summary available for this bill, so I googled it. It's confusing. So I looked up the bill's author (R-TX) I believe his stance on climate change tells me more than enough to make a reasonably informed decision. On that note, don't weigh in based solely on a bill's title. Get more information - a good clue is to find out who introduced the bill. For instance, the "Polar bear conservation and fairness act" and the "African elephant conservation and legal ivory possession act" by Don Young (R-AK) are not about protecting either species. They are about supporting trophy hunting.
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    Climate change is real! Our planet doesn't have 4 years to "see what happens" WAKE UP!
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    Science based climate policies, please.
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    Now, more than ever, we must stand up for science in public policy. This bill would be a terrible step backwards.
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    If we don't protect the earth we all die. It's as simple as that.
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    We need our policy-making to be based on real science. As long as no one is trying to buy (or bury) specific results, there should be ample funding for research
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    Yes.
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    If you are going to make a decision of whether you are for or against this bill, please read the actual bill. I read it over and I see nothing about denying climate change. There are actually sections of this bill that call for accelerated research on clean energy resources. It seems everything is okay right now.
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    It's above freezing in Chicago right now. In January. It's been this way all month. Climate change is real. Anybody who denies it denies all of us the safety and protection of our home, planet Earth, for generations to come.
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    Vote no! This bill denies climate change.
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    Climate change is real, we must not discourage scientific investigation for possible solutions.
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    We must switch to cleaner energy. Do not discredit climate change science or stop doing research on climate change.
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    Congress should spend it's time proactively dealing with the real effects of climate change, not reinforcing the status quo, which has clearly got us nowhere with regards to dependence on fossil fuel and other issues related to climate change.
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    Let's move those dollars into the renewables market.
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    Climate change is real. If we continue to use fossil fuels and halt research on renewable energy, we are only speeding up this process. Please look at the trends for weather just in the US this year.
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