SWALWELL LEADS 140 MEMBERS IN URGING STRONG FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) led 140 of his House colleagues in opposing President Trump’s proposal to gut America’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
“Climate change is an urgent crisis threatening our environment, economy, and future,” said Swalwell. “With bold investment in renewable and energy efficient technologies, America can lead the way in securing a greener, cleaner, and more prosperous future. But squandering taxpayer dollars on a manufactured crisis at the border, as the President’s budget proposal would do, simply shortchanges our future.”
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 deliver innovative technologies that will help make renewable electricity generation more cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. Its research, development, and deployment programs focus on renewable electricity generation and sustainable transportation as well as energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing.
President Trump has proposed cutting EERE’s funding from $2.379 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2019 to $696 million in FY 2020 – a 70 percent reduction. Swalwell and his House colleagues propose a 10 percent increase in EERE’s funding at minimum, to at least $2.6 billion in FY 2020.
By rejecting the President’s shortsighted proposal and increasing EERE funding, “Congress signals 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,” Swalwell and his fellow lawmakers wrote this week to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. “This investment will help us continue to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy, enhance our competitiveness and create good American jobs well into the future.”
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