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The new budget draft would gut Energy Department spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency by 72 percent for the 2019 fiscal year, according to The Washington Post.

The Post said it had obtained draft documents that outlined the administration's starting point for negotiations for the 2018 budget, set to be unveiled in February.

President Trump is no fan of renewable energy, choosing instead to advocate fossil-fuel consumption, including what he called in his State of the Union address "beautiful clean coal".

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the current fiscal year ending on October 1.

"It shows that we've made no inroads in terms of convincing the administration of our value, and if anything, our value based on these numbers has dropped", one EERE employee told the Post. He recently announced a 30 percent tariff on solar panels made overseas, which the solar-energy industry says will result in 23,000 lost jobs this year.

But the USA energy watchdog terminated the proposal, finding it neither justified nor reasonable.

The administration asked for cuts in both programs for the current fiscal year, but the budget impasse in Congress stalled those discussions.

Trump's proposed budget is his second recent blow to renewable energy. The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) is part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's "all of the above" national energy strategy to create greater energy affordability, security, and resiliency.

At the same time, Trump's promise to increase coal jobs have hit a roadblock. The laboratory's 2017 budget of $293 million mostly came from EERE.

"The president suggests a budget, but, under the Constitution, Congress passes appropriations bills", Sen. Along with staff cuts, the draft budget documents also want the following: Reduce research in fuel-efficient vehicles by 82 percent.

Reducing research in fuel efficient vehicles by 82 percent. The newspaper's sources, who the Post said asked for anonymity, told the paper the Office of Management and Budget "insisted on deeper cuts". Most DOE funds go to clean up nuclear waste sites across the US, and to maintain the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons.


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