Arizona: lobby per le alghe
Forget apps: In Congress, there’s a caucus for that, and Arizonans join up
By Jack Fitzpatrick, Cronkite News Service
Published: October 28, 2013 at 9:22 am
A researcher at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology checks on the lab’s equipment that grows algae on a large scale. (Cronkite News Service photo by Christy Little)
WASHINGTON – Shipbuilding may not seem like a vital issue for arid, landlocked Arizona, but Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, joined the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus – along with 23 other caucuses and working groups.
He’s not alone. When it comes to caucuses, Arizona lawmakers seem to err on the side of involvement, joining everything from better-known, more-active groups like the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to groups for things like songwriters and soccer.
On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, added the Congressional Algae Caucus to the list.
The caucus, co-chaired by Salmon and Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., will act as a forum for topics relating to the algae industry, including university research and high-tech jobs, according to a statement from their offices. Salmon said in the statement that his involvement in the caucus was meant to show support for the economic benefits of the emerging industry.
“High-tech jobs will help grow our economy and through this caucus, I hope to draw attention to the great economic and environmental benefits of algae production,” Salmon said in a statement Wednesday.