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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Innovation Consensus: $15 Billion for Clean Energy R&D

$15 billion. That is the figure at the heart of a growing consensus of energy innovation experts, all calling for dramatically larger U.S. investment in clean energy research and development. Writing at,'s Jesse Jenkins highlights mounting calls to address what Google Director of Climate Change and Energy Dan Reicher called "a serious energy R&D short-fall" in the current House and Senate climate bills. As Congress debates energy and climate change legislation, a chorus of voices including policy think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, Third Way and the Breakthrough Institute, as well as a collection of both the nation's top research universities and dozens of Nobel-prize winning scientists have joined leading businesses like Google to converge on a $15 billion increase in annual U.S. energy R&D budgets as a critical component of any final legislation.

Read the full post at here.

See also:

  • Google Calls for $15bn/year for R&D in Testimony Before Senate EPW Committee

  • "TNR: Brookings' Muro Calls on Senate for More Investment in Clean Energy R&D"

  • "Nation's Leading Universities Echo Calls for $15b/year in Clean Energy R&D; Draw $5b/year Bottom Line for Climate Bill"

  • "34 Nobel Prize Winners Write President Obama Urging Support for Clean Energy R&D"

  • Third Way's Josh Freed: "National Institutes of Health: A Model for Jumpstarting Energy R&D"

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