So how will the new Congress treat science? As conservative Republicans take over the leadership of committees that determine how science gets funded, what can we expect?
Will the scientific underpinnings of global warming come under attack? Will the EPA feel pressure to dial back it’s greenhouse gas as a pollutant view? Will budgets for research be slashed in the name of cost cutting? Will alternative energy programs like wind and solar fall out of favor and be replaced by nuclear power projects? Will coal or “clean” coal find more friendly ears in the House? Will this Congress recognize that one way to create jobs, grow the economy and move the U.S. forward is to create an atmosphere where green businesses, large and small, can live long and prosper?
What about health research, the largest pool of non-military research money? What will be the future of genetic engineering and (embryonic) stem cell research? Health care? Diseases? Agriculture? Space? Science Education?
Buckle your seat belt…