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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California

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Swalwell Leads 138 Members in Urging Strong Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

April 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) on Wednesday led 138 other Members of Congress in urging strong funding for federal partnerships with businesses and academia to secure America’s energy future and promote job creation.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) plays a key role in advancing America’s “all of the above” energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to develop innovative technology that will help make renewable electricity generation more cost-competitive. Its research, development, and deployment programs focus on renewable electricity generation, sustainable transportation, and energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing.

But like many other domestic discretionary programs, the EERE faces potentially deep cuts under the budget blueprint offered by President Donald Trump.

“Cutting the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is barely even penny-wise, and it’s definitely pound-foolish,” Swalwell said. “Investment in EERE brings cleaner, cheaper energy and good jobs for American workers. The United States should lead the world toward a future of cleaner, cheaper energy, but winning that pot later requires paying the ante now.”

The letter to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee urges strong funding for EERE in the Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill, as a matter of the nation’s long-term safety and security.

“We must invest to remain competitive, or we risk falling behind,” the letter says. “By prioritizing funding for EERE, Congress will be signaling to our scientists and engineers at home and around the world that we are serious about rising to meet the growing demand for cheaper, more sustainable energy. By preserving our capacity to innovate, we will continue to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, enhance our competitiveness and create good American jobs well into the future.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.