Congressional budget battles will have major impacts on whether and how environmentally-friendly solar, wind, geothermal, and transmission facilities are built on public and private lands over the coming months and years. Budget allocations in both the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) will shape how fast, how well, and ultimately how much needed new renewable energy is built in America. Consistent funding for critical programs even in these lean budget times is needed to build smart today and to compete in the global market of tomorrow.
The proposed House continuing resolution (H.R. 1) makes broad cuts to clean energy and energy efficiency programs – programs that seek to rebuild our economy with millions of jobs, end our dependence on foreign oil, and clean up our air and water. These drastic cuts will handcuff the efforts of developers, investors, environmentalists, and others to build projects that will allow our country to end its dependence on foreign oil and win the clean energy race.