Trump Admin Wants to Cut Renewable Energy Programs By 72%

Time and time again, the Trump administration gets accused of trying to stifle the renewable energy industry. The Trump administration denies it, and then takes further steps to make the accusation even more accurate. Most recently, the White House wants to cut renewable energy programs by 72 percent.

Sign the petition: Tell the Senate Appropriations Committee to fund renewable energy programs fully.

Currently, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (part of the Energy Department) receives just over $2 billion. A source for the Washington Post who got eyes on the White House’s budget proposal said that it asks Congress to appropriate just $575.5 million in 2019.

In order to save money, the Trump administration suggests the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy reduce solar energy research by 78 percent, cut its staff by 33 percent over two years, get rid of state energy grants and reduce fuel efficient vehicle research by 82 percent.

For what it’s worth, the Energy Department requested significantly more money to run these programs that the impending White House budget reportedly allocates.

While it’s possible the current budget draft will change before it’s formally released in the upcoming weeks, the cut is consistent with the 69 percent cut to renewable programs that the Trump administration proposed for the current year.

The cuts are part of Trump’s so-called “energy dominance” strategy which focuses on promoting fossil fuels. To call it a “strategy,” though, downplays how unintelligent it is to ignore the direction that energy is moving on a global scale, with other countries currently developing the technology of tomorrow. There’s no continued dominance in this shortsighted plan.

As far as the White House is concerned, money spent on clean energy programs is counterproductive to its mission of pushing fossil fuels. Since the research is going to not only show that solar and wind energy are better for the environment, but also develop ways to make it financially feasible even faster, Trump’s team has no interest in funding that work.

Last week, Trump made headlines when he imposed a lofty tariff on solar panels imported to the U.S. His excuse was that he wanted to force the United States to make their own solar products in the years ahead, but this budget demonstrates that he’s almost certainly just trying to tank the industry altogether.

Take Action

The good news is that the White House doesn’t get the final say on the federal budget. Last year, the Republican-majority Congress ignored a lot of Trump’s budget cut suggestions, including those pertaining to the environment.

With that in mind, it’s not too late to keep America on a better path toward a renewable energy future – with full funding to spur that along. To voice your opposition to these Department of Energy cuts, sign this petition urging Senator Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to ignore the White House’s proposal on this particular matter.

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118 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks

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Ingrid H
Past Member 10 months ago

Idiot

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell10 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Amanda M
Amanda McConnell10 months ago

noted

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M s10 months ago

Senate Appropriations Committee works FOR the people NOT lobbyists The MAJORITY of AMERICANS DEMAND CLEAN GREEN ENERGY and DENOUNCE FOSSIL FUELS!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE OIL DEPENDENCY WE WANT GREEN energy GET RID OF FOSSIL FUELS what the hell is wrong with our president want to MOVE FORWARD,not back to the 1800s

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Danii P
Past Member 10 months ago

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Chad A
Chad A10 months ago

Out of touch with the times.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner10 months ago

Trump is stark, raving mad

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Patty L
Patty Langford10 months ago

45 is the 'sh*thole'! signed tyfs

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Danii P
Past Member 10 months ago

Thank you, petition signed.

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