The Post said the document "underscores the administration's continued focus on the exploitation of fossil fuel resources. over newer renewable technologies that are the crux of solving the climate change problem". But the Trump administration wants to significantly lower the current budget of $2.04 billion to $575.5 million for 2019, the Post reported. The federal government has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions that have maintained existing spending.
The department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is set to spend $2.04 billion in the current fiscal year, which ends October 1.
The administration asked for cuts in both programs for the current fiscal year, but the budget impasse in Congress stalled those discussions.
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According to a document obtained by the Post, the Trump 2019 budget proposal, due out this month, would cut EERE funding by almost three-fourths and reduce the office's staff to about 450 from 680 today. In addition, the draft budget cuts staffing levels from 680 to 450.
The Energy Department did not respond to a request for comment. Last year, lawmakers from both parties criticized the White House's plan to reduce clean energy funding, and in May Congress struck a government funding deal that reversed numerous deepest cuts sought by the White House. Solar power is a job creator in states like California and North Carolina, and the industry has already been hard-hit by tariffs on overseas solar panels enacted by the Trump administration. Trump asked for $636.1 million in spending for the office, which Congress later rejected in support of higher numbers. Its SunShot Program has significantly reduced the total costs of solar energy. The future of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which receives the bulk of its $293 million budget from EERE, is unclear.
But it is far from clear that the cuts would become a reality.
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"The president suggests a budget, but, under the Constitution, Congress passes appropriations bills", Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., an influential appropriator on energy issues, said in a statement.
The Post said it had obtained draft documents that outlined the administration's starting point for negotiations for the 2018 budget, set to be unveiled in February. Cut research into bioenergy technologies by 82 percent.
The plan would also chop spending on more efficient building technologies and research into geothermal, hydro and windpower. The department's budget is now $2.04 billion.
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