Dem's Say Bush Budget Won't Reflect Energy Crisis Warning

Democrats say hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts in funding for research to reduce energy use and promote renewable resources -- like wind and solar -- would be slashed by about one-third.

Published: 02-Apr-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush has warned that the United States is facing its worst energy crisis since the 1970s, but the White House is still planning huge cuts in funds for energy-related research programs, Democratic lawmakers and industry experts say.

The hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts in funding for research to reduce energy use and promote renewable resources -- like wind and solar -- would slash the Energy Department's efficiency and renewable research programs by about one-third, they said.

"We're evaluating how we spend our energy dollars," Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham told ABC News over the weekend. "We're going to look at these programs, which have been widely scorned and criticized as not having returned a very good investment for the taxpayers."

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