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Velazquez Bill Would Help Renewable Energy Research, Disaster Prediction

Velázquez Bill Would Help Renewable Energy Research, Disaster Prediction
September 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 4299, the Data Preservation Act of 2019, which would promote the discovery and use of the Nation’s geoscience collections by reauthorizing the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program within the United States Geological Survey through 2024.

In 2010, the NGGDPP expired, ending access to geological and geophysical data and assets. By reauthorizing the NGGDPP, the Data Preservation Act would open these files, preserving the samples and data, as well as supporting activities that would enhance the use of materials archived by the state geological surveys. Such activities would include the continued domestic development of natural resources for renewable energy technologies by identifying and providing critical mineral resource information.

“We have a vital need for geoscience in the age of renewable resources. Without these irreplaceable data collections, the fulfillment of our nation’s renewable energy potential and sustainable generation could be impeded, if not blocked entirely,” said Velázquez. “I’m proud to introduce legislation to improve our health, environment and economy.”

The Data Preservation Act would also improve predictions for immediate and long-term hazards, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions and global climate change, as well as species conservation.

“With the acceleration of extreme weather events resulting from climate change, it is indefensible that the NGGDPP has been terminated,” said Velázquez. “This legislation will preserve and renovate existing geoscience data, as well as support the development of assets that could forecast our next big natural disaster.”