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By Tawanda W. Johnson
The American Physical Society, the nation’s leading organization of physicists, is deeply concerned that proposals to drastically reduce the nation’s debt would do serious harm to major scientific projects.
APS understands that America must get its fiscal house in order, but the Society also believes that it is important to make wise choices that will create jobs and build a better America.
Under the debt-reduction deal, across-the-board cuts to reduce discretionary spending would mean the cancellation of major scientific projects. In a recent statement, the APS Executive Board expressed dismay that impending U.S. House action on appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies had identified the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as a prime candidate for termination.
APS urges Congress to restore funding for JWST and believes it deserves special attention for the following reasons:
The Canadian and the European Space Agencies are contributing around a billion dollars to JWST; cancellation would again call into question our nation’s record as a reliable international partner.
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