"Dear Mr. President:
In recent years, a growing chorus has been calling attention to the eroding position of American firms and workers in the world economy. The National Academy of Sciences recent report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, attempts to chart a course forward that will create a vital, robust American economy with good paying jobs for our citizens. I want to join those who have been encouraging you to study this report closely and embrace its conclusions...."
(March 13, 2007) - Science & Technology Leadership in a 21st Century Global Economy
Opening statements from Mr. Gordon and witness statements from:
(February 15, 2006) - An Overview of the Federal R&D Budget for Fiscal Year 2007
Opening statement from Mr. Gordon and witness statements from:
(February 28, 2007) - Published in the Washington's The Hill, Special Environment & Energy Section
Increasing Energy Independence Through Innovation and Ingenuity
by Chairman Bart Gordon
Each year, as our economy grows, so too does our demand for more energy. For too long, our country has depended on an unbalanced energy portfolio that relies on outdated technologies and a dependence on foreign sources of oil. As we look to the future, we have a responsibility to promote clean, sustainable energy supplies in conjunction with aggressive energy-efficiency and conservation measures.
Innovation is the key to a more balanced, secure U.S. energy future — and a sustained, strong economy. It is time we put the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity to work for our country’s energy market. Unfortunately, investments in energy research and development have declined sharply since the Carter administration. Our challenge is to develop creative energy solutions that enhance our overall security. We must seize the opportunity presented by a wide public discussion of energy issues and put the country back on track to reap the enormous benefits of energy R&D.
To focus American ingenuity on the challenge of developing radical solutions to meet our future energy needs, I have crafted legislation that creates an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). Unlike the current paradigm for energy R&D, this new agency would leverage significant financial resources with the best and brightest talents in our nation’s industries, universities and national laboratories for high-risk, high-payoff energy research and development. The focus will be on revolutionary new capabilities for overcoming major technological barriers to enhancing energy security. Moreover, ARPA-E would introduce such technologies into the larger energy marketplace and allow our country to realize the enormous economic benefits of developing an export industry in new energy technologies.
"...With the NOAA and NIST labs, important scientific research being performed at our Universities, and many leading high-tech companies based in the area, the STEM disciplines are crucial in driving Colorado's economy.
"Scientific innovation is, therefore, a particularly relevant issue for Colorado and the district I represent. Most important of all, scientific research and innovation are the lifeblood of America's economic future....
"Representative Gordon has introduced legislation that would directly implement the recommendations of this report. I am a cosponsor of these bills and hope they will initiate debate about how we can best serve innovation in our country. These bills will strengthen our economy by ensuring students have the resources necessary to successfully compete in the global marketplace.
"In the end, I believe because NSF has close ties with the scientific community it could play a unique role in developing and providing support services to enhance our country's math and science education programs and I support increased resources being directed to education within the agency...."
• (August 9, 2007) - President Signs America COMPETES Act
• (August 2, 2007) - Gordon: House Passes Landmark Bill Investing in America's Students, Teachers, Workers
• (July 31, 2007) - Gordon Named to Lead House Conference on Competitiveness/Innovation Legislation
• (July 31, 2007) - Chairman: Deal Reached on H.R. 2272 Competitiveness/Innovation Conference
• (May 23, 2007) - Committee Advances Legislation on Energy Research and Health Information Information Technology
• (May 21, 2007) - House Advances Major U.S. Competitiveness, Science/Math Education Package
• (April 24, 2007) - House Clears Bills Aimed at Boosting U.S. Competitiveness, Advances Democratic Innovation Agenda
• (March 28, 2007) - Committee Approves Legislation Strengthening Math & Science Education
• (February 28, 2007) - Innovation, Competitiveness Efforts Advance in Several Bills Cleared by Committee
• (January 10, 2007) - Chairman Renews Effort to Make U.S. Most Innovative, Well-Educated Country in the World
• (June 7, 2006) - Democrats Significantly Improve and Support House Competitiveness Legislation
•(February 14, 2008) - Funding for the America COMPETES Act in the FY2009 Administration Budget Request
•(May 23, 2007) - Full Committee Markup: H.R. 364
• (April 26, 2007) - Establishing the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
• (March 28, 2007) - Full Committee Markup H.R. 362
• (February 28, 2007) - Full Committee Markup H.R. 363
• (June 7, 2006) - Markup: Competitiveness Legislation
• (March 9, 2006) - Should Congress Establish "ARPA-E", The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy?
• (April 21, 2006) - Look Beyond Bush's Rhetoric on Tech to Find Dismal Record [Honda]
• (February 15, 2006) - Boldly Rethinking Our Energy Future [Gordon]
• (January 2, 2006) - The United States Must Regain its Competitive Advantage [Gordon]
• (February 10, 2006) - Prepared Remarks by the Hon. Mark Udall for the National Science Board Meeting on Science Education
• (December 19, 2005) - Remarks by the Hon. Mike Honda on the Release of the White Paper of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology
• (December 7, 2005) - Prepared Remarks by the Hon. Bart Gordon for the National Science Board Roundtable on Science Education