White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research


Editor’s Take: If Trump’s state of the union address offered any insight about where his energy priorities lie (remember ‘beautiful clean coal’), then his proposed budget cuts should also come as no surprise to the energy industry. According to this article, which gets its facts from a leaked internal draft document, the administration is seeking to cut the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) budget from $2.04 billion this year to $575.5 million for fiscal year 2019, which begins in October. The administration sought similar, though less drastic, cuts last year (it wanted spending set at $636 million) but Congress wouldn’t pass that measure, which is why EERE ended up with the $2.04 billion budget. The final budget from the president is due later this month and will indicate the U.S. government’s priorities for the next fiscal year. Congress then has to accept and pass the budget and most believe that these drastic cuts will not stand. –JR

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