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Potential Impacts of ‘Pathway to Prosperity’ on Clean Energy Innovation

April 20, 2012
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Given the limited number of programs available for budget cuts in the discretionary budget, there is no possible scenario that provides little to no cuts to energy innovation-oriented programs under this budget blueprint. Under simple assumptions, clean energy innovation programs at DOE could see a $2.8 billion cut compared to current FY2012 levels, if not more. It goes without saying that this type of budgeting would be a significant setback to the United States clean energy innovation capacity, which is already slated to see a 75 percent drawdown in federal support by FY2014 without additional Congressional energy policy action.