House Passes Bill to Increase Fossil Fuel Subsidies $31 Million to $593 Million, Slash Energy Conservation Funds $112 Million and Reduce Protections under the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts

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The Week ending July 11, 2014, the heavily dominated Republican House of Representatives passed the 2015 energy, water budget. Voting 253 for and 170 against, the House on July 10 passed a bill (HR 4923) that would appropriate $30.4 billion for energy, water and nuclear-safety programs in fiscal 2015.

The bill increases spending for fossil-fuel research by $31 million to $593 million while reducing funds for energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs by $112 million. The bill provides $11.4 billion for the National Nuclear Safety Administration, $5.5 billion for Army Corps of Engineers water projects, $1.1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, $304.4 million for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, $123 million for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and $80.3 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Additionally the bill prohibits funding for certain environmental protections under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

The bill also prohibits the Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing its ban on firearms on on its land and limits U.S.cooperation with Russia in nuclear-nonproliferation program.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate; A no vote was to not advance the bill to the Senate.
Representatives Ryan, Duffy and Ribble vote yes to sent the bill to the senate; Representatives Pocan, Kind, Moore and Sensenbrenner voted no.

Quote:

“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.”

By Gaylord Nelson, US Senator, Author, Earth Day Founder, Metal of Freedom Recipient, Wisconsin Governor (two consecutive, State Legislator, and nature lover.

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The House on Thursday, July 10, voted to bar funding of the Department of Energy or Army Corps of Engineers policies to combat or address climate change. Representatives Pocan, Kind. Moore voted no; Representatives Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy and Ribble voted yes. On Wednesday, July 9, it voted down an amendment (by a vote of 172 for, 245 against) that would increase funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by $111.6 million and decrease funding for fossil fuels research by $161.9 million.

Voting yes: Pocan, Kind, Moore.
Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble.

A yes vote was to spend more in fiscal 2015 on clean energy and decrease funding for fossil-fuels research.

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About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, School Crossing Guard; Green Bay Packer Fan; Wisconsin Badger Fan; Animal Lover; Humanitarian

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