Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m concerned about funding for DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programs because EERE programs are critical to common-sense climate change solutions and to providing national energy savings. I urge you to ensure that the final budget bill includes full funding for these programs and no policy riders.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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UPDATE 12/11/17: The focus now is on reconciliation between the House and Senate Appropriations Bills.
The House Appropriations Committee budget proposal for DOE applied the most significant cuts (~-50%) to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and eliminated the Advanced Research Project-Energy (ARPA-E) grant program. In contrast, DOE’s nuclear weapons programs would receive $1B more than this year’s budget. The proposed Senate budget is better; it restores and increases funding for ARPA-E grants. However, there are still cuts to EERE programs. EERE programs and grants provide jobs, support innovation, improve national energy efficiency and contribute to addressing climate change. Please see this budget comparison chart. Sources: Congressional Research Service, Power Magazine, Science Magazine, Alliance to Save Energy.