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White House wants to cut 72 % of clean energy funding

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The U.S. government will ask Congress to make a clear cut of 72% of clean energy funding in the 2018 budget, the Washington Post revealed Wednesday, highlighting the priority given by the Trump administration to fossil fuels.
 
The daily explains that it has obtained documents outlining the negotiations for the next budget, due to be unveiled in February. Congress will have the final say on the financing of administrations. But even if Capitol Hill lawmakers can reject the White House's request, it leaves no doubt as to the White House's intentions, according to the Post.
 
According to the newspaper, the cuts requested are even more pronounced than those proposed by Donald Trump's administration for the current fiscal year, which could not be implemented due to a long budgetary deadlock. In concrete terms, the offices of the Ministry of Energy in charge of energy efficiency and renewable energy are now endowed with 2.04 billion dollars. If the cuts called for by the White House are approved, funding would rise to $575.5 million.
 
"This shows that we haven't convinced the administration of our value at all," an anonymous Washington Post employee told the Washington Post. " On the contrary, according to these figures, our value has fallen. "
 
Last week, the government increased the customs duties on the import of solar panels into the United States, a decision denounced by the industry.
 
The Republican president, who gives priority to fossil fuels and has entrusted the Department of Energy to climate skeptic Rick Perry, proposed last year federal subsidies to develop the nuclear and coal sector.
 
Sources: AFP, Washington Post

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