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Rescue US energy innovation

President Trump has proposed severe cuts to US government spending on energy research, development and demonstration, but Congress has the ‘power of the purse’ and can rescue US energy innovation. If serious cuts are enacted, the pace of innovation will slow, harming the economy, energy security and global environmental quality.

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Fig. 1: Present and proposed investments in energy RD&D at the US Department of Energy.
Fig. 2: Historic funding for energy RD&D.


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Anadon, L.D., Gallagher, K.S. & Holdren, J.P. Rescue US energy innovation. Nat Energy 2, 760–763 (2017).

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