Rescue US energy innovation

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Date of Publication: September 25, 2017

Year of Publication: 2017

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Limited, Springer Nature

Author(s): Laura Diaz Anadon, Kelly Sims Gallagher, John P. Holdren

Journal: Nature Energy

Volume: 2017

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In this comment piece, authors Laura Diaz Anadon, Kelly Sims Gallagher, and John P. Holdren argue for the protection of energy research, development, and demonstration funding from serious budget cuts being proposed at the US federal level. The authors position the proposed cuts in a historical context and provide evidence that such budget cuts would slow innovation, and consequently cause harm to the economy, energy security, and global environmental quality.

President Trump has proposed severe cuts to US government spending on energy research, development and demonstration, but Congress has the ‘power of the purse’ and can rescue US energy innovation. If serious cuts are enacted, the pace of innovation will slow, harming the economy, energy security and global environmental quality.

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