When asked about the leaked Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy budget, a DOE spokesperson claimed that the agency’s track record of funding wind and solar proves Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s support for renewable energy. The fact that Trump’s DOE has attempted to slash renewable funding by 69 percent last year and 72 percent this year tells a very different story about the clean energy commitment from this administration. The leaked budget also proposes debilitating cuts to the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which funds clean energy research, consumer savings programs, and other initiatives that enhance clean energy and efficiency and reduce strain on the power grid.
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