Energy & Environment
The American Physical Society believes that a technically sound national energy policy that is rooted in reducing the United States’ dependency on fossil fuels and foreign sources of energy is essential to maintain a robust economy and a healthy environment. The society sees nuclear energy as a significant option for reducing pollution while meeting the world’s continually expanding energy needs. Renewable sources of energy (i.e., solar energy, wind, etc.) need to be researched and developed further to help meet the world demand for energy. As well, major scientific breakthroughs are still needed to create a "hydrogen economy.” The society urges continued and diversified investments in energy research and development, as well as policies that promote efficiency and innovation throughout the energy system.APS Statements on Energy & Environment:
- Electric and Magnetic Fields and Public Health
- Energy Policy for the 21st Century
- Energy: The Forgotten Crisis
- The Office of Energy Research
- Nuclear Energy
New APS-ACS Test Program for Liquid Helium Purchasing
APS is partnering with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and DOD's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to improve reliability and affordability of liquid helium for researchers.
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Helium is essential for achieving the extremely cold temperatures required by many current and emerging technologies as well as for advanced scientific research.
More on Helium Issues
Renewing Licenses for the Nation's Nuclear Power Plants
A report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs.
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Important Items Concerning Energy & EnvironmentElectricity Storage
APS Panel on Public Affairs, issues a policy supplement on electricity storage technologies. [Download Report] (3/07)
APS Panel on Public Affairs, issues a report on interim storage of spent nuclear fuel. [Download Report] (2/07)
APS Panel on Public Affairs, issues a report on proliferation resistance. [Download Report] (6/05)
New York Times "Old Foes Soften to new Reactors," A1, Sunday, May 15, 2005 [www.nytimes.com]. (5/05)
The House energy and Water FY05 Appropriations Bill fully funded increases for basic research at DOE Office of Science for hydrogen storage research. The bill also requires that the fundings for proposed Hydrogen Research Centers be "competitively bid" and peer reviewed. [Download Report]
APS Panel on Public Affairs issues an assessment of the Administration's Hydrogen Initiative [Download Report]