House subcommittee examines focus of federal energy R&D support

12/17/2012
Federal support of early-stage energy research and development in the 1980s and '90s led to technologies responsible for today's US oil and gas renaissance, witnesses reminded a US House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee. Alternative energy technologies deserve similar early-stage support now, Democrats on the Energy and Environment Subcommittee argued. "I'm struck by the fairly dismissive arguments that alternative energy is unreliable and uncertain, and that fossil energy is a slam dunk," said Brad Miller (D-NC), the subcommittee's ranking minority member. Emerging technologies do not have fossil fuels' "incumbent economic power" and consequently deserve ea...
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