Thursday, March 22, 2018

USA: Congress Requests Increased Spending for Department of Energy

Congress' spending deal rejects Trump's proposed EPA, energy cuts (Washington Examiner)

Congress on Wednesday night released a fiscal 2018 spending bill that rejects Trump administration efforts to reduce funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department.

After President Trump threatened to make massive cuts to the EPA budget, Congress decided to keep funding levels the same from fiscal 2017, at $8.1 billion.

The Energy Department, meanwhile, would receive $34.5 billion in the massive spending deal, a $3.77 billion increase over fiscal 2017.

That includes $2.32 billion for the agency’s energy efficiency and renewable energy division, a 15 percent increase. Trump, who has promoted expanded fossil fuel development, had sought to cut funding for that division.

From the Global Geothermal News archives: