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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released an analysis of technologies available to cut water use in hydraulic fracturing and thermoelectric power plant cooling to identify how water-scarce areas of the country could benefit from these technologies (GAO-15-545).

Perhaps of special interest to readers is the GAO analysis of waterless or low-water stimulation fluids, although GAO concludes they are either unproven or applicable to only a few geologic formations.

Thermoelectric plant cooling, represents 38 percent of U.S. water withdrawals. However, natural gas produced using hydraulic fracturing and natural gas combined cycle power generation reduces water use in power generation by up to 60% relative to coal and nuclear plants.

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AAPG and dozens of other scientific associations, universities and businesses sent this letter describing the benefits of federal geoscience research to Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The senators are leading an effort by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee to gather input from the science and research community on federal research and development policy priorities.

The comments will guide the development of a bill to reauthorize America COMPETES, the 2010 and 2013 law, now expired, that authorized basic research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute for Science and Technology and the Department of Energy. It also supported programs to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Scientists hope that the Senate’s deliberative process will counteract the House bill that contains an unprecedented attack on geoscience research at NSF.

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Edith Allison Director, Geoscience and Energy Policy Office +1 202 643 6533
Colleen Newman Policy Communications Advisor +1 202 288 5337

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