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Budgetary and Policy Context for R&D in FY2011
- The budget for research is increasing in fiscal year 2011
- The Obama administration cares about science; demonstrated by 30 members of the National Academies of Sciences on his staff.
- Investment at the federal level is more important than ever as state economies suffer from the recession and deal with budget cuts.
- It's hard to change institutions, because due to unions, firing people is difficult.
- Extending the Bush tax cuts would be terrible for the economy
- There is a long, slow gray area between a good and a bad economy, and we are in that gray area right now.
- Greater health directly relates to greater wealth.
- It is hard to analyze the impact of R&D, because there is often not a direct link between the two.
- Geo-engineering poses a number of both scientific and moral questions, not the least of which is, who's hand is on the thermostat if we do have the ability to change the climate?
- Energy and climate change are inherently security issues, because they serve as threat multipliers for instability in the world.
- Who are the experts and which experts do you trust on which issues?
- There is a mismatch between agencies with social science expertise and those with environmental missions, which makes explaining the complexity of climate change an even more difficult task.
- We need more strategies for adapting to climate change, including advanced disease surveillance that accounts for differences in regional climates.