Trump’s pick to lead energy technology program puzzles observers

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Trump’s pick to lead energy technology program puzzles observers‘Science Magazine

Since it was first funded in 2009, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington, D.C., a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program aimed at using government funding to push promising technologies from the laboratory into the marketplace, has been headed by scientists bearing doctorates in fields such as chemistry and engineering. Now, President Donald Trump’s administration wants a lawyer and energy investor to take over.

This week, the White House announced that Trump intends to nominate S. Lane Genatowski, a Houston, Texas’based investment adviser, to be ARPA-E’s next director. If confirmed by the Senate, he would become ARPA-E’s third director. (It has had several interim leaders.)

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  • Date: 2018-07-13T15:02:41-04:00
  • Author: Warren Cornwall
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The Democratic Socialists of America show their muscle in New York congressional upset

The primary defeat Tuesday of Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., who was both a top-ranking House Democrat and the head of one of New York’s last political machines, is an upset that is still sending shockwaves through the Democratic Party.

Crowley was taken down by a 28-year-old political rookie named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won in part by denouncing Crowley’s brand of old-school machine politics. But she had a campaign machine of her own, an outside group known as the Democratic Socialists of America. In the avalanche of coverage of Ocasio-Cortez’s win, the logistical support and manpower she received from the DSA has drawn relatively little notice. But the group is poised to make its presence felt in the midterms.

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Trump to pick Wyoming park boss to lead National Park Service: report

Greenwire reported the pick Tuesday, citing several sources familiar with the matter. NPS, the Interior Department and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Vela told the news outlet that he is ‘deeply humbled by the rumors and speculation and, if true, would be honored to serve.’


The Trump administration’s agenda for the NPS has centered largely on strategies for tackling its $11.6 billion maintenance backlog.

NPS, which manages more than 400 parks and numerous other sites, has been without a Senate-confirmed director since Jonathan Jarvis, the director throughout the Obama administration, left in January 2017.

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