Fiscal Year 2009 U.S. Budget Request Unveiled



The Bush administration's proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, released on 4 February, requested roughly US$40 billion for projects that support research in Earth, environmental, space, and energy-related sciences through the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, NASA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This request is about 4% more than the amount authorized by Congress to support such research in FY 2008.

A significant portion of this budget increase is for programs that will address global climate change through advancing energy security and monitoring the Earth's dynamic system as global temperatures rise.