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Key Obama Budget Investments in Clean Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget request includes critical investments in a number of important clean energy, environmental protection, and natural resources programs.  This Fact Sheet provides a summary of those proposed investments.  Congress will take these recommendations under consideration, along with its own priorities, as it works to complete the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations process in keeping with the Budget Resolution.

Clean Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency and renewable energy programs would be increased by $140 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $2.32 billion.  In comparison, this budget request is 85 percent ($1.063 billion) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for energy efficiency and renewable energy (see chart on page 2).

Solar.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE solar energy programs would be increased by $145 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $320 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 105 percent ($164 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for solar energy.

Wind.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE wind energy programs would be increased by $20 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $75 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 43 percent ($22.5 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for wind energy.

Carbon Sequestration.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE carbon sequestration programs would be increased by $30 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $180 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 21 percent ($30.8 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for carbon sequestration (see chart on page 3).

Biofuels and Biorefineries.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE biomass and biorefienry programs would be increased by $18 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $235 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 4 percent ($10 million) larger than the previous Administration’s budget request for biofuels and biorefineries. 

The budget request for the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly-authorized Biorefinery Assistance Program is $17 million.  The funding provided would be used to support an estimated $49 million in loans for the development of biorefineries that can produce advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol.

Smart Grid.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE’s Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability programs include $67 million for research and development on Smart Grid technologies that would better enable the integration of large-scale renewable energy resources like wind and solar energy.  In comparison, the previous Administration only requested $5 million in its Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for Smart Grid development and implementation.

Rural Energy for America.  The USDA’s budget request for the newly-authorized Rural Energy for America Program is $68 million.  This funding would be used to support an estimated $246 million in loans and $34 million in grants to support agricultural producers and rural businesses purchase renewable energy and energy efficient products. 

New Energy Frontier–Renewable Energy.  The budget request provides $50.1 million for the Department of Interior (DOI) efforts to expand its use of renewable energy.  Specifically, the funding requested would provide:

  • $24 million to the Minerals Management Service so that it would be better able to support renewable energy programs on the Outer Continental Shelf;
  • $16.1 million to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help provide for a faster approval process for developing renewable energy projects on lands overseen by the (BLM);
  • $4 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to help facilitate the development of renewable energy on lands managed by BIA and the Tribes;
  • $3 million to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to increase its knowledge of the areas best suited for renewable energy development; and
  • $3 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to ensure that endangered species consultation takes place when the FWS considers renewable energy development and conservation planning assistance.

Energy Efficiency

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program at the Department of Health and Human and Services (HHS) is $3.2 billion ($2.41 billion in state formula grants and $790 million in emergency contingency funding).  In comparison, the last budget request from the previous Administration only requested $2 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Building Technologies.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE’s energy efficient building technologies program would be increased by $97.7 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $237.7 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 92 percent ($114 million) larger than the previous Administration’s budget request for energy efficient building technologies.

Vehicle Technologies.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE’s energy efficient vehicle technologies program would be increased by $60 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $333.3 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 51 percent ($112 million) larger than the previous Administration’s budget request for energy efficient vehicle technologies.

Industrial Technologies.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for DOE’s energy efficient industrial technologies program would be increased by $10 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 omnibus enacted levels) to $100 million.  In comparison, the Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget request is 61 percent ($37.9 million) larger than the previous administration’s budget request for energy efficient industrial technologies.

Energy Innovation Fund.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) energy innovation fund is $100 million.  The requested funding would be used to spur on-going public and private energy efficiency investments and to provide greater energy efficiency investments and audits within the Federal Housing Administration.

Environment

Clean Water State Revolving Fund.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the

Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund would be increased by $1.71 billion (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $2.4 billion.  In comparison, this budget request is 332 percent ($1.845 billion) higher than the previous Administration’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund would be increased by $671 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $1.5 billion.  In comparison, this budget request is 78 percent ($657.9 million) higher the previous Administration’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Enforcement.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for EPA’s enforcement activities would be increased by $32 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to approximately $600 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 16 percent ($83.1 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for enforcement activities.

National Marine Fisheries Service.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for

operations, research, and facilities for the National Marine Fisheries Service would be increased by $136.6 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $890.6 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 23 percent ($116.4 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Inventory.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions reporting system would be increased by $10.6 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $17 million.  In comparison, the previous Administration’s last budget request would have eliminated funding work to complete a greenhouse gas reporting inventory.

Climate Impacts Initiative.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the DOI’s Climate Impacts Initiative is $133 million.  The initiative would address the impacts of climate change on the nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife.  Specifically, the funding requested would provide:

  • $80 million to the FWS to obtain the best scientific information available for conservation and biological  planning and better enable individual states and Tribes the funding needed to develop wildlife management plans that address the impacts climate change will have on wildlife;
  • $22 million to the USGS to provide scientific leadership in developing methodologies to measure and develop regional climate change models.  Additionally, the funding would be used to develop a national assessment of biological and geological carbon sequestration;
  • $15 million to the BLM for monitoring, predicting, and adapting to landscape scale changes caused by climate change;
  • $10 million to the National Park Service for study on how climate change is changing the conditions of the nation’s natural resources within its national parks; and
  • $6 million to the BIA to help manage against the spread of invasive species and noxious weed eradication exacerbated by climate change.

Oceanic and Atmospheric Climate Research.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate change research would be increased by $13 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $209.8 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 7 percent ($14.4 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for oceanic and atmospheric climate change research.

Natural Resources

Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the DOI’s Land and Water Conservation Fund would be increased by $115.7 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $409.9 million.  This budget request would better allow the Land and Water Conservation Fund to attain full funding by 2014.  In comparison, the prior Administration proposed no increases in the Land and Water Conservation Fund in its last budget request despite making promises that it would be fully funded.

National Park Service.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the National Parks Service would be increased by $167.5 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $2.73 billion.  In comparison, this budget request is 28 percent ($595 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for the National Park Service.

Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the FWS would be increased by $192 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $1.64 billion.  In comparison, the FWS’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget request is 26 percent ($336 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for the FWS.

Fire Management.  The Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the DOI’s wildland fire management would be increased by $40 million (as measured against Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus enacted levels) to $899.7 million.  In comparison, this budget request is 6 percent ($49.6 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for wildland fire management.

Additionally, the Fiscal Year 2010 budget for USDA’s wildland fire activities would be increased by $388 million above the enacted 2009 level (excluding emergency) funding to $2.52 billion.  In comparison, this budget request is 28 percent ($544 million) larger than the previous Administration’s last budget request for wildland fire activities.

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