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ERIC Number: EJ832053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Recession on Top of Energy Crisis May Mean Power Boost for Universities
Basken, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n23 pA10 Feb 2009
For many Americans, the confluence of a recession and a growing realization that the nation needs to end its reliance on fossil fuels seems like a double dose of bad news. But for the nation's research universities, it may be an opportunity. A Brookings Institution, a policy-study group with ties to the Democratic leaders now controlling the White House and Capitol Hill, proposal may raise the likelihood that research universities will win a significant share of new money planned for energy research. Two principal recommendations include: (1) that the federal government begins spending $20-billion to $30-billion a year on research and development of energy; and (2) that it distributes at least $6-billion of that money through a series of regional "energy discovery-innovation institutes" based at universities. Critics caution that a research-and-development system for energy that relies heavily on universities may not be able to meet market needs; others agree that there is need for all parties to get more deeply involved in finding renewable and nonpolluting sources of energy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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