Published: Fri, February 02, 2018

Trump wants to dramatically slash clean energy research by 72 percent

Trump wants to dramatically slash clean energy research by 72 percent

The newspaper in a January 31 report says Congress likely would not support numerous cuts, but says the documents are "a statement of intent and policy priorities" from the president that highlight the administration's support of fossil fuels.

It comes as no surprise that Trump is all about pushing fossil fuels - or "beautiful clean coal", as he calls it - but it still feels like a punch to the gut when you hear about his latest move.

The tariff action e is likely to decrease the installation volumes of solar energy in coming years, according to industry analysts. "We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world".

Congress is unlikely to approve the budget proposal unchanged.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), head of the energy and water subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee, stressed to the Post that the White House budget is merely a proposal for Congressional lawmakers to review. Yet nothing is final; even the budget for this year has not been approved and federal agencies are operating on a string of continuing resolutions, the last of which expires next week.


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the current fiscal year ending on October 1. That 72% cut exceeds the aggressive 68% cut he proposed in his budget for fiscal year 2018 - a proposal that Congress has so far refused to adopt. Congress fended off that proposal, but now the administration wants EERE's budget slashed to $575.5 million, the Post reports.

The DOE did not immediately respond to requests for comment from POWER.

The White House said it wouldn't comment "on any leaked or pre-decisional documents prior to the release of the official budget".

People familiar with the matter tell the Post the Energy Department requested more modest spending cuts, but was overruled by the Office of Management and Budget.

"While government has made some critical and important first steps towards the development of the sector, much more needs to be done, specifically as it relates to the pace of implementation and the need for special and differential treatment to be carved out in support of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors", Clarke maintained. The laboratory's 2017 budget of $293 million mostly came from EERE.

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