04 May '11, 1pm

Budget Cuts Hit EIA's Data Collection Efforts

Budget Cuts Hit EIA's Data Collection Efforts

Congressional efforts to rein in government spending will torpedo some of the U.S. Energy Information Agency 's (EIA) data collection and analysis programs that provide a non-industry source of statistics and forecasts on energy supply, demand and pricing. News of the budget cuts comes as rising fuel prices have cast a spotlight on energy issues in the U.S. Under pressure to respond to energy costs, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he plans to bring clean energy legislation to a vote this month. In the future, however, legislators may not have all the energy data they need to inform their decisions. Some liken the EIA to the Congressional Budget Office , which provides non-partisan analysis to help Congress make economic and budgetary decisions. With its multi-million shortfall, the EIA will have to limit the number of special analyses it conducts in r...

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