Friday, January 13, 2006

Domenici: LANL can't become 'endangered species'

By ANDY LENDERMAN | The New Mexican

January 13, 2006

LOS ALAMOS -- The senator rallied scientists, rapped federal bureaucrats and broke ground on an $850 million construction project Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said he wants the future of Los Alamos National Laboratory to be one that's more scientific and less regulated for scientists in a speech to employees.


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"U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., signals a backhoe to break ground on the lab’s new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility, an $850 million project to house a ‘state of the art nuclear laboratory.’ Domenici rallied lab scientists and said the country must double its investment in basic scientific research and education."

Yes, you guys are going to just love your new plutonium production facility.
I'd rather Pete had: 1) told the truth about regulations going away (not in our lifetimes - the laws and government bureaucracies he has created and is part of will outlast cockroaches), 2) criticized d'Agostino for not getting the contract decision out on time; but Pete's game is to get the peons groveling so he can come in as the "savior" - works better even than his fastball, 3) disclosed that the original CMRR laboratory being planned but then scrapped some 17 years ago would have cost taxpayers only about $100 million, and 4) not dissed Italians, dentists, women who work, and mayors of Denver. But I am just a lowly scientist, what do I know?
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