Leaks about President Donald J. Trump’s budget are causing “fear and loathing” at the Department of Energy, to borrow a phrase from writer Hunter S. Thompson. Indeed, the DOE “would see major reductions in funding,” according to a January 19 report by The Hill – which predicts that “Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over ten years.”
Specifically, The Hill reported, at the Department of Energy, the Trump regime would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The preliminary proposals from the White House budget office were due to be disclosed to federal departments and agencies soon after Trump took the oath of office on January 20 – no doubt, rousing anger and repercussions among liberals inside the Beltway.
They do have some hope, however: New York Magazine reported on January 19 that the cuts may not make it through Congress. “When a similarly draconian budget came up for a vote in the GOP-controlled House in 2015, it was rejected by a vote of 132 to 294,” the regional magazine said.
The rest of us also will get the news, good or bad, relatively soon. The new administration’s full budget – including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis – should be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April.