The Trump administration is looking to make “severe” budget cuts to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, according to a new report.
Bloomberg reports the office would face a budget cut of roughly 70 percent, from $2.3 billion to $700 million, under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request. The numbers come from “a department official familiar with the plan.” Trump is expected to introduce his budget request on Monday.
“That’s apparently what they want to signal to their base — they still want to shut these programs down.”
- Accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable transportation technologies.
- Increase the generation of electric power from renewable sources.
- Improve the energy efficiency of our homes, buildings, and industries.
- Stimulate the growth of a thriving domestic clean energy manufacturing industry.
- Enable the integration of clean energy into a reliable, resilient, and efficient electricity grid.
- Lead efforts to improve federal sustainability and implementation of clean energy solutions.
- Enable a high-performing, results-driven culture through effective management approaches and processes.
To say a robust EERE budget isn’t a priority under the Trump administration is an understatement. But Congress granted the office funding far above what Trump asked for last year — and that was before Democrats took the House. We’ll see where the 2020 EERE budget ultimately ends up, but there’s reason to believe it will still have solid support and funding.
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