The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The United States Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The Continental Congress

The Continental Congress

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

Friday, March 30, 2012

Department of Energy Budget Cuts: Time to End the Hidden Green Stimulus


by Nicolas Loris
The Heritage Foundation
March 23, 2012
Backgrounder
Government spending has been spiraling upward—and spending by nearly all government agencies can, and should, be cut. President Obama has just submitted his 2013 budget request to Congress, providing fertile ground for spending cuts. The Department of Energy, with its many research, development, and grant programs offers many opportunities for savings. While there is an important role for the Department of Energy in energy security and environmental management, many Department of Energy projects fall outside its mission, supporting everything from commercialization of technologies to noncritical research—which can be conducted, usually much more efficiently, by the private sector. This paper provides a common-sense guide to saving $5.5 billion in the fiscal 2013 budget proposal while maintaining funding for the Department of Energy’s real mission of promoting national and economic energy security.

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