Energy experts want EIA budget boost to improve data

More than 75 energy experts, including academics, industry executives, and economists, want US Sec. of Energy Spencer Abraham to support a budget boost for the Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy's independent statistical arm.A letter dated July 21 said EIA's budget should be at levels at least 10% higher than what the White House wants for the upcoming 2004 fiscal year (FY) that starts Oct. 1. Economists and other experts said that the agency needs more money to keep up with changes to the energy sector, which has grown increasingly complex as it moves from a regulatory to a market-oriented model. EIA professionals are doing a good job, the experts said, b...

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