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New Faces Will Shape Science Policy in Obama’s Second Term

The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are among the federal agencies that will have new leadership
Obama's second inauguration 1/21/13



Courtesy White House/Sonya N. Hebert

Meet the New Secretary of Energy Nominee: Ernie Moniz
Moniz is an “all of the above” physicist when it comes to energy policy

Top Air Pollution Official Finally Confirmed
New EPA nominee Gina McCarthy faced a monthlong holdup before her confirmation in 2009 as the agency’s top air official

Science Policy Issues That Matter Most
Scientific American editors lay out the most pressing issues for Obama’s second term

New U.S. Secretary of State Argues Climate Change a Top Priority
Sen. John Kerry argued that failing to address global warming should be cause for concern

How Would Obama Address Climate Change?
Exclusive reply to Scientific American points to reduced oil dependence and clean-energy investments

How to Kick-Start Innovation with Free Data
Weather and GPS information stimulated the economy with new products and services. Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer, wants to repeat that success with the rest of the government’s data trove

Obama Administration Releases First-Ever Climate Adaptation Plans
With plans that incorporate efforts made by the Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation and Defense departments, among others, the administration's effort acknowledges that climate impacts are happening now and require action

Top 5 Tech Initiatives for Obama's Second Term
The president is expected to pour more funding into research and development, a move that could lead to increased technological advances in fields such as cybersecurity

Does Tar Sand Oil Increase the Risk of Pipeline Spills?
An oil flood through an Arkansas subdivision on March 29 highlights some of the concerns around the building of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

Obama Victory Reopens Door to Emissions Curbs and Possible Carbon Tax
After his reelection, the president said he plans to ensure that the U.S. is a global leader in research, technology and clean energy

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