7 Former DOE Officials Beg Trump Administration To Keep Renewables Office

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Seven former Department of Energy (DOE) officials are urging Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and ranking members of Congress to protest potential budget cuts to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the DOE.

The bipartisan group, made up of former assistant secretaries of the EERE, is concerned over a 69 percent cut the agency would take under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. They also expressed reservations over the Trump administration’s commitment to renewable energy research in the future. The group sent letters to Perry and ranking members of Congress Thursday asking the agency to oppose the cut.

“While we have not always agreed on the relative emphasis of various elements of the EERE budget we are unified that cuts of this magnitude in the proposed FY18 budget will do serious harm to this office’s critical work and America’s energy future,” the letters said.

Trump’s potential cut to the EERE came out Tuesday with the release of new budget documents. The documents also show a 55 percent cut to fossil energy research and development.

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