Advocacy for Clean Energy Funding

As you know, funding for critical federal science and clean energy programs is threatened for the next fiscal year (FY 2018). The Trump administration has threatened to cut the budget of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy(EERE) by 20%, and threatened to eliminate the US EPA’s Energy Star program. The appropriations bill proposed by House Republicans would still significantly cut clean energy programs–cutting EERE’s budget by $980 million. 350 Bay Area members and allies have been meeting with the offices of members of Congress and Senator Dianne Feinstein to advocate for federal clean energy and science programs.

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350 Bay Area representatives Sara Greenwald, Amy Allen, and Kathie Piccagli meeting with Sean Elsbernd, deputy staff director for Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Want to get involved? You can send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of adequate funding for federal science and clean energy programs. Check out this letter to the editor by 350 Bay Area activist Corrina Carter published in the Marin Independent Journal(“Anti-environment attack in Trump’s budget.”). You can also make your views known by writing our US Senators and your member of Congress.  (Here’s a sample letter from 350 Bay Area to get you started.)

 

Sample letter text

Although federal negotiations indicate that the 2017 budgets for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency will remain more or less stable, residents of the Bay Area must continue to oppose the unabashedly anti-science, anti-environment Trump administration.

The president still intends to cut funding for DOE research by $900 million in 2018, eliminating the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and crippling the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He also plans to jettison the EPA Energy Star program, which incentivizes the construction of energy-efficient buildings and the development of energy-efficient appliances.

Such tone-deaf policies will have a negative impact on DOE-supported Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. This will not only delay the inevitable transition to renewable energy, but also harm Bay Area communities.

Energy innovator Lawrence Berkeley contributes $700 million and 5,600 jobs to the local economy each year. Lawrence Livermore pursues advances in energy security, energy delivery, and climate resilience.

Northern California simply can’t endure the gutting of its two major hubs of energy-related research, at least not without serious consequences.

It’s time to gear up for the next phase of the fight against global warming: the defense of the science required to create a sustainable, carbon-free society.