American Innovation Act Recognizes Positive Effects Investing In Scientific Research Can Bring

American Geophysical Union Reacts to Bill Introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

16 March 2015

Washington, D.C.—The following statement is attributable to American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee. The American Geophysical Union represents more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists worldwide.

“The American Innovation Act marks an important recognition of the transformative, long-term impact science has on the American economy and our quality of life. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) strongly supports Senator Durbin’s vision for investing in research as a way to grow our economy, and we call on Congress to join us in that support.

History has shown that much of the economic growth we enjoyed post-World War II was the result of strong support for and investments in science and technology. And today, millions of American families and businesses rely on federally-supported R&D efforts—ranging from advanced tornado warnings to the countless jobs and revenue created by new companies that are cultivated from federal grants.

As we look to the future and the myriad challenges and opportunities we face as nation, scientific research has that same game-changing potential—but only if we have the drive to support it. Steady, predictable commitments like the ones seen in the American Innovation Act will go a long way in repairing the damage done by recent cuts and years of underfunding. To ensure science’s ability to live up to its potential for public good, AGU is committed to seeing efforts like this one, and others that support additional critical science agencies and programs, pass.”

The American Geophysical Union is dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs. AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization representing more than 60,000 members in 139 countries. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and our other social media channels.

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