President's energy budget seeks improvement in renewable and nuclear, cuts subsidies for coal

2 February 2010 - President Barack Obama’s $28.4 billion Fiscal Year 2011 budget request focused on a "clean energy economy," as renewables,  greenhouse gas emission control, and "climate change" topped the list of Administration initiatives. Nuclear power received a nod, as the President included measures intended to "maintain a strong nuclear deterrent and to secure nuclear materials both at home and abroad." Among other items, the President’s FY 2011 budget request for DOE included:

  • Plans to develop new ways to produce and use clean and renewable energy.
  • Maintenance of effective nuclear deterrence while working to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world within four years.
  • Expansion of the use of clean, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal.
  • Promotion of innovation in the renewable and nuclear energy sectors through the use of expanded loan guarantee authority.
  • Advancement in the cleanup of radioactive legacy waste from the Manhattan Project and the Cold War.

In developing this budget, Obama also expressed intentions to eliminate more than $2.7 billion in tax subsidies for oil, coal and gas industries and to terminate an Ultra-Deepwater exploration program. The budget also nixes a planned expansion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

For more information about the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal for the Department of Energy, visit's Budget and Performance page at

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