Transcript: Shawn Allee, August 31, 2009
We're hearing more and more about federal stimulus money being used to help laid-off workers or repair bridges or roads. Shawn Allee reports the government wants stimulus money to move through a wish list of environmental science projects, too:
Department of Energy labs say stimulus dollar figures are staggering compared to what the government has been spending on science.
Take a federal renewable energy lab in Colorado.
Jeffrey Baker is a lab director there.
Baker says they're learning to make ethanol out of plants other than corn. That project's getting ten million dollars in stimulus money.
"The Recovery Act is allowing us to expand a project we already have, going to, in effect, double the capacity the nation has to do that research and development."
Other Department of Energy labs got stimulus money for work on high-tech car batteries, smart energy grids, and radar to model global warming.
Some government scientists say right now could be the only time in their careers to make some some key environmental advances.
For The Environment Report, I'm Shawn Allee.
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