Thursday, February 02, 2006

You Didn't Think He Was Serious, Did You?

In the State of the Union speech, Mr. Bush promised a 22% increase in funding for research in renewable energy sources as part of his plan to end America's oil addiction.

Wouldn't you know it? It turns out that the government had just cut funding for renewable energy research by a similar amount, at least at this particular facility:

The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports.

The budget for the laboratory, which is just west of Denver, was cut by nearly 15 percent, to $174 million from $202 million, requiring the layoff of about 40 staff members out of a total of 930, said a spokesman, George Douglas. The cut is for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1.



So actually, there will be very little in the way of increase for renewable energy research. Just like his oilman buddies want it.

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