Policy & Critical Issues News

Stay up-to-date with the latest geoscience policy information and news by reading our policy news briefs and monthly review digests, reviewing the latest trends in federal geoscience funding, and reading our recents posts on the AGI Geotimes blog about events and other items of interest related to our Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs.

Policy News Briefs

Policy News Briefs feature the most up-to-date geoscience policy information. The Policy Monthly Review and other special updates cover geoscience policy activities and related events in Washington, D.C.

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Mount Saint Helens
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a confirmation hearing for Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary nominee, Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) on January 17.
Atlantic waves
The Gulf Islands National Seashore will be the site of the largest coastal sand restoration project in U.S. history.
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Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1) introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act (HR 312) on January 10.
The White House
On January 24, President Trump signed an executive order to advance “high priority infrastructure projects.”
The White House
Following his inauguration on January 20, President Trump’s administration released the America First Energy Plan.
U.S. Capitol
Scott Pruitt, nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was questioned by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a confirmation hearing on January 18.
The National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021: A Triennial Update was released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program on January 1.
The Obama Administration released the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy on December 30.
U.S. Capitol
Department of Energy Secretary nominee, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, was questioned in a hearing by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 19.
Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
On January 30, the House passed Joint Resolutions H.J.Res.38 and H.J.Res.36, expressing disapproval of the Stream Protection Rule and a rule regulating natural gas leaks.

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Federal Geoscience Funding

AGI provides testimony to several subcommittees on programs of importance to the geoscience community.

You can keep up-to-date with the Library of Congress Table on Current Status of FY 2017 Appropriations Bills. The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Project website has information on trends in federal research and development funding, including information on the president's request, congressional budget resolution, 302(b) allocations, and each science-related appropriations bill.

Blog Posts

Read our recent posts from the AGI Geotimes blog about Policy & Critical Issues topics.

Latest Policy & Critical Issues Blog Posts

Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We’ve revamped our website to make it easier to find useful geoscience information. Visit our “Explore the Geosciences” homepage, or check out our updated information portals on climate, energy, hazards, mineral resources, and...
AGI Forum 2016 Groundwater Issues
Video footage from the 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum is now available. Check it out here.   The 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum was a 1-½ day meeting covering multiple aspects of groundwater depletion in the High Plains. Break-out sessions and participant discussions identified lessons learned and...
Geoscience Currents #115
In December, the AGI Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #115 - "State Geological Survey Publications: Reaching Beyond State Boundaries." Many publications from state geological surveys are featured in the Critical Issues Research Database, which is maintained by AGI's Critical Issues...
U.S. Capitol
Use your geoscience knowledge to help shape federal policy in Washington, DC. Applications for the William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship are due February 1st! Learn more at bit.ly/AGI-CSF.     AGI
Image of U.S. Capitol in the evening.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recently shared an award opportunity for graduate students. The 2017 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. The award is open to U.S. citizens...
Map of the Day of the District of Columbia from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer
AGI's Critical Issues Program highlighted a map from District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer's (@OCTODC) DC Atlas as its map of the day for December 28, 2016. It has over 340 online layers, which include those with geoscience data. The map is available at: http://bit.ly/...
An earthquake-safe pipeline crossing the San Andreas Fault at Cholame, California. Image Copyright © Michael Collier http://www.earthscienceworld.org/images
On Thursday and Friday, December 1-2, the National Academies' Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbons held a workshop on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development: Legacy Issues, Induced Seismicity, and Innovations in Managing Risk. The meeting brought together experts from industry, academia, state...
Welcome to December! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We have renovated the Case Studies section of our website, which you can now browse and search much like the Frequent Questions and Maps & Visualizations pages. In addition to case studies from past AGI publications, we...
Critical Issues Map of the Day - Dams across Nebraska
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (@NebraskaDNR) shows the locations of dams across Nebraska. 
Screenshot of video update on seismic activity in Kansas.
We have a brand new update on last year's webinar, Induced Seismicity in the Midcontinent. One of our speakers, Rex Buchanan, former State Geologist of Kansas, has returned to provide us with an update on seismic activity in Kansas. You can watch the short video on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/...