17 May '17, 10pm

Trump Admin Proposes 70% Cut To Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs at Energy Dept

Trump Admin Proposes 70% Cut To Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs at Energy Dept

According to Axios.com , the Trump Administration is proposing a 70 percent reduction in funding for the Department of Energy’s renewable and energy efficiency programs, a move that could severely dampen the recent surge in renewable energy production and job growth. As Axios points out, a cut this steep will have trouble making its way through Congress, but it sets the bar incredibly low from a negotiation standpoint, meaning that the overall funding for the department will still fall significantly from previous years. Funding for the renewable energy programs dropped from $478 million in 2015 to $451 million in 2016, while energy efficiency programs increased from $721 million to $762 million in the same period. According to The Hill , these programs at the DOE have played a huge role in reducing the cost of solar power in the United States. They also note that programs ...

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