American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO Rush Holt wrote a letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to affirm support for the goal of promoting energy innovation, as expressed in the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.
“Recent economic and policy research show that when the federal government invests in research, that investment incentivizes further research investment from the private sector, leading to innovation, jobs, and economic growth. Indeed, over half of our economic growth since World War II has been tied to science and technology-based innovation,” wrote Holt in the letter.
AAAS greatly appreciates Senators Murkowski’s and Cantwell’s effort to update our nation’s energy policy in a bipartisan fashion and invest in energy innovation. We stand ready to work with the Congress, federal agencies, and institutions of higher education toward our common goals of energy security and affordability and long-term environmental sustainability.