Renewable Energy Budget Cut In Half In House Republicans’ Spending Bill

July 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are proposing to slash money for renewable energy research and defy the Obama administration’s decision to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in a bare-bones annual spending bill for energy and water programs.

The House could vote late Wednesday on the legislation. The bill has little support in the Democratic-led Senate and faces a White House veto, but makes clear just how far apart the two parties are on policy and budgetary matters.

The bill would approve $30.4 billion for Energy Department programs, including nuclear weapons maintenance, almost $3 billion below the amount approved last year. It would cut spending for renewable energy programs by half.

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  • 2012 LCV Scorecard: Lowest Scores In The Senate

    The following 17 senators all scored under 10 in the League of Conservation Voters’ a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 National Environmental Scorecard/a.

    The senators’ scores are based on 14 votes on bills related to offshore drilling, Gulf restoration, oil subsidies, power plant air pollution and other environmental topics.

    While over a dozen senators received fewer than 10 points, 37 senators received over 90 points on LCV’s 100-point scale.

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  • David Vitter (R-La.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Jim Risch (R-Idaho)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Mike Lee (R-Utah)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson, File)

  • Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) [Retired Jan. 2013]

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (AP Photo/Scott Sady)

  • Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

  • Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Jim Demint (R-S.C.) [Resigned Jan. 2013]

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

  • John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 7

    (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

  • Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 0

    (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 0

    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • John McCain (R-Ariz.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 0

    (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 0

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Dan Coats (R-Ind.)

    a href=”http://scorecard.lcv.org/sites/scorecard.lcv.org/files/LCV_Scorecard_2012.pdf”2012 Score/a (out of 100 points): 0

    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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