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February 27, 2001 | JERRY HIRSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government has spent more than $110 billion on energy research in the last half-century. Tax breaks and other subsidies to encourage development of various sources of energy--for everything from oil wells to nuclear plants to wind turbines--easily double that figure.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Santa Barbara, according to old stereotypes, may still conjure up the image of a lush campus by the beach, where students can squeeze in a few hours of surfing after class and live in a nearby neighborhood that is one of the nation's best-known party zones. But in reality, UC Santa Barbara over the last three decades increasingly has become a center of scientific research, and its move in that direction was strengthened Saturday with the announcement of a $50-million private donation to energy efficiency research and engineering programs.
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BUSINESS
March 22, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
At a conference for green investors, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates said that research funding for clean energy needs to at least double in order to see a viable, investor-attractive source of clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.  But Gates was not optimistic that the innovation would come anytime soon, saying that the United States and other countries do not adequately fund research and don't encourage experimentation by entrepreneurs.  ...
BUSINESS
June 16, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Energy R&D Supported by Panel: Appointed last fall, before the most recent round of proposals for dismantling the Department of Energy, the Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development recommended streamlining but maintaining federal funding for energy research and development. The task force, chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin, found that U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1990 | DANIEL S. GREENBERG, Daniel S. Greenberg is editor and publisher of Science & Government Report, a Washington-based newsletter
Count the 1980s as the squandered decade for energy research aimed at reducing America's risky dependence on foreign oil. And credit the loss to the Reagan Administration, which gutted the government's energy research programs--and redeployed much of the savings to nuclear weapons research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Caltech has received $30 million in donations to help create an institute for the study of energy innovation, climate change and environmental sustainability, officials announced Monday. Los Angeles-area philanthropists Stewart and Lynda Resnick, who own the Roll International Corp., donated $20 million to the effort, and a matching program set up by longtime Caltech donors Gordon and Betty Moore gave an additional $10 million. Plans call for the new Resnick Sustainability Institute ultimately to have a $90-million endowment, but officials said that with the initial gifts, work could begin soon to bring together current Caltech researchers from various disciplines and to hire others.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1989 | Mike Flagg, Times staff writer
It looks like a normal house from the outside. But inside there are no faucets: You push a button when you want water, and if it's hot water you want, it's been heated by the sun and stored in big tanks in the garage. Alas, you won't find too many more like it in Orange County, and with good reason. It's one of two Minimum Energy Dwellings built in 1975 by Mission Viejo Co. with Southern California Gas Co. and what was then the federal Energy Research and Development Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded in a review of the program that about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants were awarded for research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," Taylor said.
OPINION
July 9, 2000 | JOHN R. KASICH, John R. Kasich (R-Ohio) is chairman of the House Budget Committee
It's long past time for Department of Energy officials to drop their "dog ate my homework" alibis and admit that the critics were right all along: The department cannot be reinvented; it should be abolished. The DOE suffers from a disjointed and incompatible set of missions--from nuclear weapons security to civilian energy research to publicizing the benefits of home insulation. And it doesn't seem to do any of them well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
California electricity users have paid $700 million in surcharges for research on clean and efficient energy production, but not all of the money may have been well spent and the program should be overhauled or killed, state officials say in a new report. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has concluded in a review of the program that about 10% of the money collected by the California Energy Commission was spent on research not directly related to the purpose of the surcharges. Questionable grants were awarded for research on deforestation, salmon habitat restoration and "the potential impact of climate change on bird distribution," Taylor said.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Iron pyrite ? also known as fool's gold ? may be worthless to treasure hunters, but it could become a bonanza to the solar industry. The mineral, among the most abundant in the earth's crust, is usually discarded by coal miners or sold as nuggets in novelty stores. But researchers at UC Irvine said they could soon turn fool's gold into a cheaper alternative to the rare and expensive materials now used in making solar panels. "With alternative energy and climate-change issues, we're always in a race against time," said lead researcher Matt Law. "With some insight and a little bit of luck, we could find a good solution with something that's now disposed of as useless garbage.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
Half a century ago, after the Soviet Union jolted Americans by sending Sputnik into orbit, the Defense Department launched a little-noticed program designed to help the United States leapfrog the frontiers of technology by doling out millions of dollars for research on radically new ideas. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- DARPA in Pentagonese -- backed projects that led to such military advances as the light, rapid-fire M-16 rifle and Stealth warplanes that were invisible to radar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Caltech has received $30 million in donations to help create an institute for the study of energy innovation, climate change and environmental sustainability, officials announced Monday. Los Angeles-area philanthropists Stewart and Lynda Resnick, who own the Roll International Corp., donated $20 million to the effort, and a matching program set up by longtime Caltech donors Gordon and Betty Moore gave an additional $10 million. Plans call for the new Resnick Sustainability Institute ultimately to have a $90-million endowment, but officials said that with the initial gifts, work could begin soon to bring together current Caltech researchers from various disciplines and to hire others.
NEWS
October 9, 2004 | Kenneth Swift, Kenneth Swift lives in Tustin.
Here's a sobering statistic: According to a report published by the U.S. Geological Survey, in 2000, 27 billion barrels of oil were consumed throughout the world, yet just 3 billion barrels were replaced through new discoveries. At the current rate, by 2020 or so the demand for oil will exceed the available supply. The USGS terms this "the Big Rollover." You think the price of gasoline is high now? As the man said, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
NEWS
July 18, 2001 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government's efforts to advance fossil fuel and energy-efficient technologies have yielded significant economic, environmental and national security benefits, according to a National Academy of Sciences study released Tuesday. The academy, a private organization that advises government on scientific and technical issues, examined 39 research and development programs funded by the U.S. Energy Department since 1978.
NEWS
April 23, 1989 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
Scientists at major research institutions throughout the country are growing increasingly frustrated over their inability to replicate a supposedly simple experiment that purportedly achieves nuclear fusion at room temperature. Although there have been scattered confirmations of parts of the experiment announced a month ago at the University of Utah, no U.S. laboratory has been able to verify the entire experiment. Not even one of the major research laboratories best equipped to repeat the experiment has succeeded.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
At a conference for green investors, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates said that research funding for clean energy needs to at least double in order to see a viable, investor-attractive source of clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.  But Gates was not optimistic that the innovation would come anytime soon, saying that the United States and other countries do not adequately fund research and don't encourage experimentation by entrepreneurs.  ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sidney Siegel, a pioneering developer of nuclear energy for peaceful uses such as the production of electrical power, has died at 89. Siegel, a charter member and former president of the American Nuclear Society, died Friday of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades. Shortly before his death, Siegel described California's current electrical energy crisis as "deplorable and utterly avoidable," said his son-in-law Alan Maltun.
NEWS
February 27, 2001 | JERRY HIRSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government has spent more than $110 billion on energy research in the last half-century. Tax breaks and other subsidies to encourage development of various sources of energy--for everything from oil wells to nuclear plants to wind turbines--easily double that figure.
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