This summer has been the second-hottest ever recorded in the United States, pushing power demands to record levels. To some, the country's growing reliance on air conditioning puts it at risk of a vicious circle: cooling down by burning energy — which raises emissions levels.
With all forms of federal spending under the microscope, spending on scientific research, technology development, and science education is facing deep cuts. In an editorial in the journal Science Congressman Rush Holt argues for keeping research and development as a key part of the federal budget.
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay new rules that would limit emissions of climate-warming gases from power plants. It's the second time this month the EPA has either withdrawn or postponed new pollution rules that industry didn't like.
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