Corn Will Keep Us Competitive
Silicon Valley is apparently none too pleased about the big cuts in the federal Department of Energy’s physics research budget I mentioned last week.
Craig R. Barrett, chairman of Intel, wrote to Nancy Pelosi that the cuts to physics experiments, as well as science and math education, send a message that his industry isn’t keen on hearing.
“At a time when Congress can pass a $250 billion Farm Bill to support the industries of the 19 th century, isn’t it about time that we pull our political leadership together to start supporting the industries of the 21st century?” he writes in the Dec. 19 letter, which was made available to Washington Independent. “If this is really the message that Washington wants to send… I fear we have a major problem. Industry is listening carefully to your deliberations. If there is no government support to these areas that will dictate our competitiveness for the next century that we might as well just accept that and make our investments elsewhere. “