From United Press International,|
February 6, 2006:
DOE budget focused on new energy
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy's fiscal year 2007 budget reveals a major shift of focus into research for alternative energy.
Days after President Bush announced in his State of the Union that the United States was "addicted to oil," Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman released a budget he said "aims to break America's dependence on foreign sources of energy."
"In an increasingly competitive world, we will be seeking transformational new technologies," he said at a news conference. "And we will be developing new affordable sources of energy which will someday change how we power our homes and how we power our automobiles."
One sign of the department's changing priorities is the termination of $61 million worth of funding for energy companies to explore for oil and gas.
The department requested an additional $4.1 billion, a half-billion more than FY 2006, to support basic scientific research. Bodman said this is a step in achieving Bush's goal of doubling federal spending on science over the next 10 years.