Bush Energy Budget May Cut Renewables Research
Bush administration budget officials have proposed steep cuts in federal research spending on energy-efficiency improvements in buildings, vehicles and appliances, and in solar power and other "renewable" energy sources, according to the programs' congressional and lobbying supporters.
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has not decided where to cut his department's fiscal 2002 budget, aides said. The Bush plan calls for a $700 million reduction from this year's $19.7 billion Energy Department spending.
Half of those proposed cuts were aimed at the efficiency and renewable-energy programs, said David Nemtzow, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, which supports these programs. They are currently budgeted at $1.18 billion. "We're looking at cuts of 30 percent or more," he said.
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