Trump’s Proposed Budget Slashes Funding for Clean Energy Programs
The Trump administration released its proposed 2019 budget on Monday. The energy portion focuses on an “all-of-the-above” strategy and proposes cuts to several clean energy programs.
Under the blueprint, the Department of Energy would see a slight bump in funding to $30.6 billion over the current $30.1 billion, but that extra cash would go to administration priorities such as modernizing the nuclear arsenal and fossil energy research and development. Other programs, like the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), would receive far less than current funding levels.
According to numbers released by DOE, energy and related programs would receive $2.5 billion under the proposed 2019 budget, a drop of $1.9 billion from the 2017 budget. EERE receives $696 million, a cut of $1.3 billion below the 2017 budget. A program to increase electrification on tribal lands would lose out on $6 million. Greentech Media is confirming that the numbers released by DOE take into account the budget addendum from the White House added after Congress passed budget legislation and will update this story as necessary.Read More