DOE would cut R&D outlays for oil, gas but boost clean coal

The US Department of Energy's latest fiscal 2002 budget proposal would dramatically reduce research on oil, natural gas, and renewable fuels in favor of clean-coal technologies.Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham indicated last week that the budget is a work in progress until the White House unveils an interagency task force's energy policy recommendations.He said, "This budget sets a sensible course by clearly fulfilling commitments and establishing key priorities but at the same time signals our intention to rethink a host of programs while we craft the Bush administration policy."Vice-President Dick Cheney is leading the task force, and recommendations are due before summer (OGJ Online...

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