The sequestration cuts have been propelling forward like the kinetic energy of an object in motion. The Department of Energy’s laboratories, which have contributed to projects as weighty as the development of the atomic bomb, is being expected to downsize because of the sequester.
With a total of 17 labs across the nation, this component of the Department of Energy costs about $10 billion a year to run. The labs are spread across 14 states, and retain an employee base of thousands of workers.
The senate is meeting with resistance, arguing that other Department of Energy programs should be cut before the labs are given the boot and put on serious financial restrictions. Experts worry that consolidating the labs will create longstanding issues, since they all work together synergistically, each with their own sets of strength and weaknesses.
President Obama has expressed his regret that the labs will be facing cuts: during his trip to the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, which he credited for developing the innovative research on batteries for plug-in vehicles, he expressed upset.
More news to come on how the sequestration cuts will impact the Department of Energy’s laboratories.
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Sequester looms over storied energy labs