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Unformatted text preview: equestration, improved soil fertility,
sustainable (carbon-negative) energy production, and poverty reduction; the use of algae as an alternative fuel source; and bioorganisms and nano
devices that clean up toxic spills and improve solar technology hold great potential for solving some of the world’s most difficult consumption
challenges and contamination problems. Sustained advances and U.S. leadership in environmental technologies, not only in terms of global warming, but in terms of competitiveness, will rely on an expansion of the nation’s knowledge
workforce, with a strong emphasis on green-centered science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Sadly, the U.S. lags other developed countries in its preparation of technologists, scientists, engineers and
mathematicians. The U.S.’ share of the world’s scientists and engineers is projected to fall from 40 percent in 1975
to 15 percent in 2010.22 This trend must be reversed. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor on January 15, 2008 in the Federal
Register: There is a broad consensus that the long-term key to continued U.S. competitiveness and growth in an
increasingly global economic environment is the adequate supply of qualified Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM) workers capable of translating knowledge and skills into new processes, products and
services. According to the Nation...
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