- On Wednesday, March 26, the Subcommittee on Energy will hold a field hearing on the challenges associated with rapid deployment of large-scale carbon capture and storage technologies. Witnesses include Tim Spisak, fluid managers division chief, U.S. Department of the Interior; Scott Klara, director, Office of Coal and Power R&D, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Bonnie Lovelace, chief of water protection, Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Sandi Tabor, general counsel, Lignite Energy Council, Bismarck, ND; Gordon Criswell, manager, PPL Montana, Billings, MT; Lee Spangler, director, Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Bozeman, MT; and John Harju, associate director of research, Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, Grand Forks, ND. (Bismarck State College, 1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND at 10:30 a.m. This hearing will be webcast.)
Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici were successful yesterday in steering $600 million in Federal funding for science research to the FY09 budget resolution. The resolution, which channels the money to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will help inform the annual appropriations process. It also will allow Federal spending to keep pace with the goals laid out in the America COMPETES Act of 2007. That law, which Bingaman and Domenici helped write, focuses greater attention on research and development, math and science education.
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