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politicususa / Thursday February 1, 2018
Anti-Science Trump Plans To Gut Renewable Energy Research Funding By 72 Percent 
Continuing his disastrous anti-environment crusade, Donald Trump is reportedly proposing to gut funding for renewable energy research programs by a stunning 72 percent. According to a report from The Washington Post, “The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents.” The proposed cuts are deeper than those put forward by Trump last year, even though the administration’s own Energy Department urged him not to make such drastic reductions. The Post continues: “Spending for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is set at a $2.04 billion level for the current fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1. Last year the administration asked for just $636.1 million, a decline of over two-thirds, though Congress did not implement the request. For 2019, the administration’s draft proposal would lower that request even further to $575.5 million. The news comes a day after...Read more
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