Here's the opening from a NYT "Dot Earth" blog post--click on the title above to read the whole post at "Dot Earth":
"While the political fight over the now-vivid environmental threat attending offshore oil drilling plays out, it remains clear that the country’s lawmakers are not remotely engaged in the multi-pronged energy quest that would be required to move the world toward a non-polluting, yet prosperous future.
One vital prong is education. So far, Congress — even with Democrats in control — has refused to support President Obama’s repeated call for a modest investment in education initiatives that could help produce the skilled workforce required to undertake a sustained push on advancing and disseminating promising energy technologies. Last year, Congress largely rebuffed Obama’s request for $115 million for the program, called Regaining our Energy Science and Engineering Edge. He’s trying again, this time seeking $74 million in the 2011 budget."