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Obama takes forceful stand on climate and tech

Patrick Thibodeau | Jan. 22, 2013
In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama on Monday argued with certainty and forcefulness about the dangers of climate change and the role of technology in fighting it.

In other references to technology, Obama emphasized the importance of a national commitment to science and technology, especially at the national labs. "No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores," said Obama.

U.S. investment in research and development is slowing, and China is on track to surpass the U.S. in science and technology spending in 10 years, according to a Global R&D Funding Forecast prepared by Battelle, a research and technology development organization. Obama has called for R&D spending that is roughly 3% of GDP; the U.S. is now forecast to spend about 2.6%.

"We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher," said Obama.


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