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CCST Guide to 2013 State of the Union

February 14, 2013

This year's State of the Union address focused on topics such as energy, climate change, and science and math education. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) provides resources directly related to these issues with a focus on how they impact California. A selection of excerpts from President Obama's address is listed below, together with links to CCST work that has addressed these issues.

President Obama on Boosting the Economy:

A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs - that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?

Shaping the Future: California's Response to "Rising Above the Gathering Storm"

(December 2006) Response to the Governor by four industry-led task forces to address challenges identified in the National Academies report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.

President Obama on Innovation:

Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again. There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There's no reason this can't happen in other towns. So tonight, I'm announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.

Innovate 2 Innovation - An Assessment of California's Innovation Ecosystem
(Phase II) Executive Summary

(August 2011) This report contains the Executive Summary of the project and recommendations regarding the three primary focus areas of the study.

Innovate 2 Innovation - An Assessment of California's Innovation Ecosystem
(Phase II) Digitally Enhanced Education

(August 2011) In this report, CCST proposes that California's 21st century learning environment be grounded in digital learning, transforming schools into "incubators of learning and innovation."

Innovate 2 Innovation - An Assessment of California's Innovation Ecosystem
(Phase II) California's Water Future

(August 2011) Recommendations to create new partnerships, new business opportunities, and new research and technology development that will significantly strengthen the state's water system and boost its competitiveness.

President Obama on Energy:

"If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas... And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future."

California's Energy Future - The View to 2050

(May 2011) This detailed overall summary report looks a generation ahead at what's required to reduce the state's emissions 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050. Resources available include a spreadsheet with emissions summary calculations, powerpoint presentations, and media coverage of the report.

Possibilities, Problems And Potential Envisioned For Nuclear-Powered California in 2050

(July 2011) Population growth and energy demand will eventually force a decision on California's energy strategy. "Powering California with Nuclear Energy" looks at a highly charged issue from a range of perspectives, from realistic to extreme scenarios.

Transportation Energy Use in California

(December 2011) The focus of this report is on the transportation technologies that can be used to reduce fuel usage, as part of the California's Energy Future project.

Electricity from Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels with Carbon Capture and Sequestration

(April 2012) The focus of this report is on renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and load balancing.

California's Energy Future - Portraits of Energy Systems for Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Requirements

(September 2012) This paper, the fifth in the California's Energy Future series, presents portraits of a state energy system that achieves mandated greenhouse gas reductions through transitions to low-carbon technologies by the year 2050.

California's Energy Future: Building and Industrial Efficiency

(November 2012) This is the sixth publication produced as part of CCST's California's Energy Future (CEF) project, a study designed to help inform the decisions California state and local governments must make in order to achieve California's ambitious goals of significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades.

President Obama on Climate Change:

"But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it's true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods - all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science - and act before it's too late."

The California Climate Change Research Database comprises a catalogue of climate change research projects and programs taking place in California, particularly projects or programs receiving federal funding. It is a unique, state-level cross-agency, cross-institutional catalogue, offering an insight into the many research programs being funded in California.

President Obama on STEM Education:

Let's also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job... Tonight, I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We'll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math - the skills today's employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.

Working Toward an Assessment System with Value: Informing and Strengthening STEM Teaching and Learning

(March 2011) This is a summary of a symposium convened on October 21, 2010 by the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) to discuss the implications of formative and summative math and science assessments for teaching and learning in California classrooms.

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