Stand Up for Science Funding

As you know, funding for critical federal science and clean energy programs is threatened for the next fiscal year (FY 2018). The Trump administration has threatened to cut the budget of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by 20%, and threatened to eliminate the US EPA’s Energy Star program. 350 Bay Area members and allies have been meeting with the offices of local members of Congress and Senator Dianne Feinstein to advocate for federal clean energy and science programs.

Want to get involved? Send this letter to your US Representative and US Senators, or send a letter to the editor on the issue (sample letter text below). 

Sample Letter to Editor Text on Federal Funding for Clean Energy and Science Programs 

"Although federal negotiations indicate that the 2017 budgets for the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will remain more or less stable, residents of the Bay Area must continue to oppose the unabashedly anti-science, anti-environment Trump administration. The president still intends to cut funding for DOE research by $900 million in 2018, eliminating the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and crippling the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He also plans to jettison the EPA Energy Star program, which incentivizes the construction of energy-efficient buildings and the development of energy-efficient appliances. Such tone-deaf policies will have a negative impact on DOE-supported Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. This will not only delay the inevitable transition to renewable energy but also harm Bay Area communities. Energy innovator Lawrence Berkeley contributes $700 million and 5,600 jobs to the local economy each year. Lawrence Livermore pursues advances in energy security, energy delivery, and climate resilience. Northern California simply can’t endure the gutting of its two major hubs of energy-related research, at least not without serious consequences. It’s time to gear up for the next phase of the fight against global warming: the defense of the science required to create a sustainable, carbon-free society."

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