Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal

A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry.

The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a 54% cut to the Office of Fossil Energy, and a 31% cut to the Office of Nuclear Energy. If approved, the Environmental Protection Agency would see the steepest cuts of any agency: a 31.4 percent downsize of 50 agency programs and 3,200 of the its 15,000 jobs. Funding for ENERGY STAR and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) would be drained.

Specifically within the EERE would be a 74 percent cut to solar, wind, water and geothermal programs and a 73.5 percent cut to the vehicle technologies program. However, despite lower funding levels, the DOE budget overview claims support for certain clean energy solutions, such as battery and cell technology and electric vehicle cost efficiency.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office, which includes R&D for elite manufacturing processes such as 3D printing championed by the previous administration, would take a serious hit of 64%.

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