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Obama boosts science in State of the Union address

Thursday, 26 January 2012

US President Barack Obama’s 65-minute State of the Union address (24 January) touched on themes and issues that were expected, calling for measures to revitalize the economy and urging that the very wealthy pay higher tax rates—a minimum of 30% for those with more than $1 million in income.

But it also included multiple references to subjects near to scientists’ hearts. Here is a sampling of points in the speech that touched on science, medical research, education, energy and the environment. (For greater detail on the policy proposals mentioned in Obama’s speech, see here.) Bear in mind that many of the president’s proposals would need action by a Congress that is seriously divided on partisan lines.

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