John Garamendi Releases Podcast Highlighting the Importance of Research at Labs and Universities in Region

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a University of California regent and California State University trustee, today continued explaining his positions on the issues that matter to the people of the 10th Congressional District by releasing a podcast highlighting his perspectives on scientific research and the region’s labs.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute are in the district, while Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and research facilities at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, UC Davis, and area CSUs employ many district residents.

“I’ve had the great honor of being able to work with the Lawrence Livermore labs on a variety of issues, most of them energy-related. And now as we face this terrible problem of climate change, the Lawrence Livermore labs become even more important, because that’s where fundamental research is being done today to help us understand the climate, the variation that is going to happen as temperatures rise, and also solutions to the problem,” said Garamendi, chair of the California Commission for Economic Development. “I’ll tell you this, as your member of Congress, I know research, and I know the importance of these laboratories. And I’ll promise you this: I will be the most outspoken voice to increase our research funding so we can deal with this awesome challenge of climate and how we can transition to a green economy.”

A link to the podcast is here:

Tuesday, Garamendi spoke at the groundbreaking of the NASA Ames Research Center “Sustainability Base,” which will be the federal government’s cleanest building, promoting sustainable green technologies created by NASA. The San Jose Mercury News and CNET covered the Sustainability Base groundbreaking.

In 1980, California devoted 18 percent of the state budget to higher education. This year, California devoted 10 percent of the state budget to higher education, with research facilities statewide impacted. Nearly 50,000 qualified students were denied admission to a UC or CSU this year, many of whom would have embarked on careers in science and research.

As a state legislator, Deputy Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and chair of the California Commission for Economic Development, Garamendi has long championed scientific research. As a state legislator, he authored the first renewable energy tax credit in California, which directly led to the construction of the wind turbines that exist near Fairfield and Livermore.

The campaign previously released podcasts on Garamendi’s early career and the importance of Travis Air Force Base, veterans issues, and education.

Garamendi is endorsed by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

He has also been endorsed by the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Livermore Independent News and San Francisco Bay Guardian.

In their endorsement, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:

“There is no doubt about his qualifications for Congress, especially in this district. He was an aggressive and effective insurance commissioner (think health care, consumer issues such as foreclosure), deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (delta, climate change) and a state legislator from 1974 to 1991.

“The 64-year-old Garamendi has the confidence and depth of knowledge that would allow him to hit the ground running in Congress - and his history suggests he would be unabashed in doing so.”

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August 27, 2009
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