Cuts to renewable energy funding passed by the U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-196 July 15 to cut federal funding for renewable energy while boosting funding for research into emissions control technology and a nuclear waste repository.

Dow Jones reported that the cuts were part of a bill that would fund the Department of Energy and other agencies for the 2012 budget year. The bill would reduce spending on solar energy research and loan guarantees for renewable projects and would increase funding for research into emissions control technology for coal-fired power plants and continue work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site in Nevada.

Amendments adopted on the House floor added $10 million for solar energy research and $79 million for the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, the article said.

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