(Steven Mufson, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – The Trump budget proposal would boost Energy Department spending on managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and reviving the Yucca Mountain storage facility for nuclear power plant waste in Nevada but would slash spending on a host of science and climate areas.
The president’s budget would cut spending overall by $1.7 billion — or 5.6 percent from current levels — to $28 billion. But the money is redistributed. The National Nuclear Security Administration budget would grow 11.3 percent while the rest of the Energy Department’s programs would be cut by 17.9 percent.
The Office of Science would lose $900 million of its just over $5 billion. The office supports research at more than 300 universities and at 10 of the nation’s 17 national labs.
The president would drop programs such as the Energy Star labels consumers use when buying appliances; the Weatherization Assistance Program that provides grants to states and some Indian tribes to improve energy efficiency for low-income families; and the State Energy Program, which gives grants to states.