Proposed Massive Cut to Clean Energy Research and Development will Send Jobs Overseas

In response to reports that the Trump administration will request a 72 percent cut to funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the BlueGreen Alliance released a statement from Executive Director Kim Glas:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2018) – “The administration is ceding jobs to China and our other global trade competitors. The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s research, development, and commercialization programs play a critical role in helping ensure America leads both in inventing and deploying innovative clean energy solutions that power our nation and increase our competitive edge in the global market. This program is responsible for boosting the growth of renewable energy in the U.S.; spurring development of key clean vehicle and fuel technologies that are saving Americans money at the pump and aiding job growth in the domestic auto industry; encouraging energy and manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness; and many other beneficial technological advancements that help grow American energy technology leadership.

“Cutting funding for this program is the wrong move, and Congress should reject this proposal.”