… Those agencies include the National Science Foundation, which funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research in America, and which would lose 18.8 percent of its budget, or $1 billion. The Department of Energy‘s Office of Science would be set back $835 million, or 18 percent of its budget.
Also hard-hit would be the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NOAA, which is involved in weather and climate monitoring as well as fisheries management and coastal and marine research, would lose $324 million, or 34 percent of what the Obama administration requested for its budget in 2011. NIST, which has a mission of advancing measurement science, standards and technology, would lose $207 million, almost 30 percent of its budget request.
Also facing cuts under the plan is the National Institutes of Health, which would lose 9.1 percent, or $2.9 billion of its requested 2011 budget.
Please also read Obama Calls For Historic Commitment To Science from early 2009. The door closes just as it re-opens.
Good luck with those sutainable and meaningful jobs. They’re going out of this country.