Science Plays Key Role in Obama Economic Recovery Plan

Barack Obama has put science in the middle of his economic recovery plan. Speaking today at George Mason University, the president-elect ticked off the elements of a plan that, while not mentioned in the speech, is expected to exceed $800 billion over the next 2 years.

As part of his promise to save or create 3 million jobs, Obama called for the following investments in energy, education, and medical research:

  • "To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years … In the process, we will put Americans to work in new jobs that will pay well and can't be outsourced—jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings, and developing new energy technologies ..."
  • "To give our children the chance to live out their dreams in a world that's never been more competitive, we will equip tens of thousands of schools, community colleges, and public universities with 21st century classrooms, labs, and libraries."
  • "To build an economy that can lead this future, we will begin to rebuild America … [That] means investing in the science, research, and technology that will lead to new medical breakthroughs, new discoveries, and entire new industries."

You can read the full speech here.