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Today we welcome Dr. Chris Fall, the Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science to discuss the program’s priorities for fiscal year 2020 and beyond.
Before he joined the Office of Science in 2019, Dr. Fall served as Acting Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). These are two DOE programs where, I am pleased to say, the Science Committee has found a lot of bipartisan agreement over the years. I look forward to carrying on that tradition this Congress and I would like to thank Dr. Fall for his work.
Thank you, Chairwoman Fletcher, for hosting this hearing, and thank you Dr. Fall for being here this afternoon. I am excited to hear about the critical work being performed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.
DOE is the largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences. This Committee’s jurisdiction includes all of DOE’s civilian research, including almost $13 billion in research, development, demonstration, and commercial application programs, as well as the Department’s 17 national labs. This amount totals one-third of the DOE’s budget.
Thank you, Chairwoman Johnson. As we start the second session of this 116th Congress, I want to thank you for your leadership. Like many of the hearings we held last year, today’s hearing is an opportunity for a constructive dialogue on the issue of climate change.
Almost one year ago we held the Science Committee’s first hearing of the Congress titled, “The State of Climate Science and Why It Matters.” We heard testimony from a similar panel of IPCC authors and scientists.
Thank you, Chairman Lamb. This morning, I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss my bill, H.R. 5374, the Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act of 2019, which is co-sponsored by Chairwoman Johnson and authorizes research, development, and demonstration of innovative geothermal energy technologies at the Department of Energy (DOE).
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a bill today to advance geothermal energy technologies. Geothermal energy systems draw from the constant and naturally occurring heat that radiates beneath the surface of the earth.
Thank you Chairman Lamb for holding today’s subcommittee hearing. I’m looking forward to hearing from our witnesses about the energy technologies and applications being developed through critical materials research.
Critical materials play an important role in supporting the technologies that will change the United States’ energy consumption.
Whether it’s lithium used in advanced batteries or helium – yes, it’s for more than just party balloons – in rocket propulsions systems, our resources are limited in quantity and can be challenging to develop.
To establish and support advanced geothermal research and development programs at the Department of Energy