DOE budget for FY 2001 adds to fossil R&D

The US Department of Energy's latest budget proposal contains funding for several new fossil energy research and development programs.Overall, DOE requested $18.9 billion for fiscal 2001, up $1.6 billion from the level appropriated in fiscal 2000. Most of the funding will go for nuclear weapons and wastes programs.Meantime, the Clinton administration's fiscal 2001 budget reproposed two tax changes that Congress has rejected several times in recent years.Energy breakdownThe US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was budgeted at $179.9 million. It will recover the full cost of its operations through charges and fees.DOE's fossil programs would get $406.6 million, up $26 million...

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