An open letter to the Senate…

February 6th, 2009 by Chris

To the Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Honorable Kirsten E. Gillibrand and the rest of the U.S. Senate:

Certain science and technology funding cuts are being proposed by the effort led by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME).
As an engineer working in the communications and technology sector, I am a witness to the increasing difficulty to find skilled scientists and engineers. Our nation is slipping from its position as the pinnacle of innovation and technological achievement because of our failure to support fundamental scientific research. Institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others are critical to this investment. These organizations are in a position to immediately provide grants and other support to researchers who are ready to put that money to work in our economy.
The Department of Energy’s funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and basic science research are also on the chopping block. These are exactly the technology areas which can provide economic and security benefits for years to come.

Please, assure that this stimulus package will remain an investment in America which will pay dividends into the future. Our children are counting on it and so are we.

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The text of this message was submitted to Senator Schumer’s website. In addition, Senator Schumer’s Syracuse office was contacted by phone. Senator Gillibrand has not yet been reached. Her old offices have been turned over to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and her new office voice mail is full! Apparently, she hasn’t even gotten keys to her office yet!

Edit: For what it’s worth I wrote this before I saw the Bad Astronomer’s post, but check out his thoughts also.

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