All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy; $44 Million for Nat Gas & Biofuels; Going Green in North Carolina & Massachusetts; Other U.S. Gov’t News
This week’s summary of U.S. government news starts with President Obama’s “All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy,” which stresses America’s need to wane itself off foreign energy and shift to renewable sources. The plan involves in part increased research and development on natural gas and biofuels, investment on new nuclear power, and continued efforts at improving energy efficiency. As examples, I note two recent success stories in North Carolina and Massachusetts. There are also summaries of new programs to improve water in the Middle East, the economic gains from America’s national parks, a report showing minimal fallout within the U.S. from Fukushima, and NASA’s latest satellite, which will monitor the Earth’s ozone layer.
Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee held its second inquiry into “Risk Perception and Energy Infrastructure” on January 25 to investigate public perceptions toward the risk of nuclear power in the UK. The first inquiry took place on January 18. In this second inquiry, two panels of experts testified. The science media panel — Sense about Science Managing Director Tracey Brown, Science Media Centre Director Fiona Fox, and former Science Editor for The Times Mark Henderson — testified about the responsibility journalists and government officials have in presenting accurate scientific assessments of risk to the public during crises, rather than sensationalized headlines. Read more