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2 August 2017

FY2018 Spending Bill Passes House, Delivering Steep Cuts to the Department of Energy

President Trump campaigned as a proponent of technological innovation and development. Yet his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget slashes funding for research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). Congress isn’t bound to follow the President’s proposed budget, but last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, in which they reduced the overall DOE budget by 9.5% below FY2017 levels and eliminated …



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12 July 2017

Stand Up for Earth and Space Science: Meet with Your Legislator During August Recess

“We need to tell that story,” said my Senator, after I told him how NOAA’s Sea Grant Program budget is only $73 million/yr, even though it helps hundreds of communities to prepare for hurricanes and storm surges and manage coastlines1. I suspected that he would be a strong supporter of science, but I didn’t realize how appreciative he would be to have a clear narrative that he could share with …



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10 July 2017

An Overview of The Federal Budget Process and Congressional Recess Visits

The congressional appropriations processes for FY 18   – in which both the House of Representatives and the Senate decide how to allocate funds among all federal agencies, is beginning in earnest.  Your voice and participation advancing the value of science is needed more than ever.  There is no better time to do this than in August when your members of Congress will be back home during the “congressional recess.”  You …



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23 May 2017

AGU Decries Proposed Massive Cuts to Science Agency Funding in Administration’s FY18 Budget Proposal

Earlier today, the Trump administration released its FY18 budget proposal. While details of the budget will continue to be released in the coming days and weeks, AGU issued the following statement in response to the currently available information in which I said the following:   “The release of President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal earlier today has drawn into sharp focus a disconnect between our nation’s desire to protect …



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9 May 2017

Science Fares ‘OK’ in FY17 Omnibus; FY18 Remains Uncertain

As you may have heard, Congress recently passed a bipartisan omnibus spending bill (H.R. 244) to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017, which ends on 30 September 2017. Overall the bill provides relatively flat funding for the NSF, roughly two percent increases for NASA and USGS, and a nearly two percent decrease in funding for NOAA. Some programs saw more extensive increases, for example, NASA’s …



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3 May 2017

March for Science: Reflections from AGU CEO and Executive Director Chris McEntee

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing reflections on the March for Science from AGU leaders. This is part two of three. Click here for part one and part two. While AGU President Eric Davidson and President-elect Robin Bell, the AGU team, members and scientists were assembling for a pre-March rally during the morning of 22 April, in Washington, D.C., the Vienna March for Science was well underway.  Crowds were estimated at …



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1 May 2017

March for Science: Reflections from AGU President Eric Davidson

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing reflections on the March for Science from AGU leaders. This is part one of three. Part two and part three can be viewed here.  My young adult son was at my side, holding the AGU banner as we participated in the March for Science in Washington, D.C. While I can remember other historic marches on Washington–for civil rights, protesting the Vietnam War, and the …



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28 March 2017

AGU Responds to President Trump’s Roll Back of Clean Power Plan

I issued the following statement earlier today in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to overhaul the Clean Power Plan: “The scientific consensus is clear; the climate is changing, humanity is the major influence, and some of the resulting impacts on society are likely to be severe. That’s why AGU’s climate science position statement, which doesn’t reference any specific climate policies, is nevertheless titled “Human‐Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent …



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27 March 2017

Fostering International Collaboration Amid Policy Challenges

By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union and Lauren Parr, Director of Meetings, American Geophysical Union Changes in immigration and visa policies instituted by U.S. President Donald Trump are causing confusion and concern across many sectors—and are beginning to have a negative impact on international science collaborations. Many non-American scientists are rightfully concerned that they may be challenged when seeking entry into the United States. They could face barriers even …



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16 March 2017

White House Budget’s Proposed Cuts Jeopardize American Public Health, Safety, and Security

UPDATE: The numbers included below are in comparison to current funding levels, which are those that were passed in the most recent omnibus spending bill. The White House recently released its budget proposing the following cuts: 31% cut to EPA’s budget including a 20% reduction of EPA staff Up to a 15% cut to USGS 2% reduction to DOE’s budget including the elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy …



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