At a time of soaring gas prices, public concern over the country's dependence on foreign oil, and mounting evidence of global warming, the nation's investment in energy research and development is declining, according to a report by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

"The nation's ability to respond to the challenge of climate change and to the economic consequences of disruptions in energy supply has been significantly weakened by the lack of attention to long-term energy planning. The current energy bill is a collection of subsidies without any such vision." -- Dan Kammen, a UC Berkeley professor and co-director of the campus's Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and doctoral student Greg Nemet