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Renewables, Energy Efficiency Programs Lose Out to Coal, Nuclear, Weapons

June 2, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

More “tough choices” revealed in the latest House appropriations bill:

House Republicans unveiled a scaled-back $30.6 billion energy and water budget Wednesday that makes deep cuts from energy efficiency and renewable energy programs while trying to stabilize science and defense investments within tighter spending caps. […]

Within the Department of Energy, for example, science programs are held stable at $4.8 billion—just $42 million below the agreed upon 2011 level. And in the defense field, nuclear weapon activities are promised nearly $7.1 billion, a cut from the department’s request but still $195 million over 2011.

By comparison, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are big losers. Total funding in this sector is set at $1.3 billion, less than half of President Barack Obama’s request and $491 million below current funding.

For complete details of cuts/increases, see the table below comparing current funding levels, President’s request for 2012, and the proposed levels in the Republican “mark.”

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