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Trump’s budget: big cuts to energy efficiency and renewable energy, boost to nuclear weapons

Daily Energy Insider 20th March 2018, Energy Secretary Rick Perry testified to a Senate panel on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) budget request for fiscal year 2019, a plan that prioritizes nuclear security while making
large cuts to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

The budget proposal, a $500 million increase in funds over FY 2017, promotes
innovations like a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and
Emergency Response (CESER) and gains for the Office of Fossil Energy.
Investments would be made to strengthen the National Nuclear Security
Administration and modernize the nuclear force, as well as in weapons
activities and advanced computing.

The budget for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would drop to $696 million, down from $1.3
billion in FY 2017, with its focus shifted to early stage research and
development (R&D). Overall, the department’s energy and related programs
would be cut by $1.9 billion.


March 22, 2018 - Posted by | politics, USA

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