President Obama unveiled his 2011 budget today requesting from Congress a multi-trillion dollar spending plan for the federal government. The spending bill is seeking a record-breaking $1.56 trillion to help boost America's flagging economy and there is significant funds earmarked for clean energy investment and "greebn" job creation.
Commenting today on the 2011 budget proposal, Secretary of Energy, Stephen Chu said that:
"The President's budget cuts wasteful spending while making wise investments in innovation and clean energy that will put Americans back to work, save families money and keep our nation competitive in the global marketplace This budget supports new approaches to energy research and invests in the next generation of scientists and engineers, and it will spark new clean energy projects nationwide, including restarting the American nuclear power industry."
You can check out all the details on the Office of Management and Budget page, but I want to highlight for you some of the specific spending in the package relating directly to the clean energy sector.
Department of Energy
Under spending for the US Department of Energy, the 2011 budget provides for $28.4 billion in spending overall to support the DOE mandate, which is to, "support scientific innovation, develop clean and secure energy technologies, maintain national security, and reduce environmental risk." Funds earmarked for clean energy include:
Department of the Interior
The DOI's overall budget for 2011 will remain the same, and there is $73 million earmarked, "to build agency capacity to review and permit renewable energy projects on federal lands. DOI has set a goal to permit at least 9,000 megawatts of new solar, wind, and geothermal electricity generation capacity on DOI-managed lands by the end of 2011."
Department of Labor
$85 million is earmarked for, "green job training, providing support for about 14,000 participants."
Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Environmental Protection Agency, the main regulatory body for environmental monitoring and regulation, the Obama administration is requesting $10 billion overall, which accordingto the White House is, "a substantially higher annual amount than requested under any previous Administration."
Specific EPA spending as it relates to the clean energy sector includes:
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation's budget request for 2011 is $78.8 billion with $530 million earmarked for, "Sustainable Communities to help State and local governments invest in sustainable transportation infrastructure that integrates with housing development and other critical investments."
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