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Trump Administration Wants Deep Cuts to 'Clean Energy' Programs

Trump Administration Wants Deep Cuts to 'Clean Energy' Programs
Energy Secretary Rick Perry (Rex Features/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:41 PM

The Trump administration plans to ask Congress for a 72 percent cut to the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, The Washington Post reports.

The newspaper said it obtained draft budget documents for the 2019 Fiscal Year that also show the administration wants to cut 230 staff jobs – to 450 in fiscal 2019, from 680 in the enacted 2017 budget. The report said the administration also wants to abolish the weatherization program, eliminate state energy grants, and trim research in fuel efficient vehicles by 82 percent.

The Post said the proposed cuts are a "double whammy" for renewable energy because the government imposed tariffs on imported solar panels just last week.

The Post said the document "underscores the administration's continued focus on the exploitation of fossil fuel resources . . . over newer renewable technologies that are the crux of solving the climate change problem."

The Energy Department wanted more modest cuts.

The department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is set to spend $2.04 billion in the current fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1. The administration asked for $636.1 million for the 2018 Fiscal Year, though Congress did not implement the request. The administration is asking to slice it to $575 million for 2019.

Congress often restores administration cuts; the Trump request is seen as a starting point for negotiations.

The Post said the Energy Department did not respond to requests for comment, and the White House issued a statement saying, "We don't comment on any leaked or pre-decisional documents prior to the release of the official budget."

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