Bush Budget Cuts Solar, Renewable Energy Programs

Core solar, wind and other renewable energy programs would be cut by more than half to $186 million from current spending levels of $376 million.

Published: 09-Apr-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Monday proposed slashing more than $200 million from federal renewable energy and efficiency research programs, even as his administration said the United States needed to find ways to cope with an energy crisis.

Under the president's proposed fiscal 2002 budget, the Energy Department's core solar, wind and other renewable energy programs would be cut by more than half to $186 million from current spending levels of $376 million.

The department's efficiency research programs, which seek ways to reduce energy use, would be cut by $61 million to $795 million in the 2002 spending year that begins Oct. 1.

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