Comment: Oil and gas in energy research spending: a call for balance

This article is based on written testimony submitted by the authors in March to the US House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, and related agencies.The US government's oil technology budget has been steadily reduced from $56.2 million in fiscal 2002 to a proposed $15 million—about 0.1% of the total US Department of Energy budget—in fiscal 2005, and the natural gas technology budget has been reduced from $44.1 million in fiscal 2002 to a proposed $26 million in fiscal 2005. The administration's proposed fiscal 2005 energy research budget is directed almost exclusively toward the long-term aspects of energy research, notably energy efficiency, renewa...

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