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GOP Funds Climate Disaster Relief By Cutting High-Speed Rail, Cuts Nearly $2 Billion From Obama Clean Energy Budget

By Brad Johnson on June 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm

"GOP Funds Climate Disaster Relief By Cutting High-Speed Rail, Cuts Nearly $2 Billion From Obama Clean Energy Budget"

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)

On a party-line vote, the House Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2012 energy and water budget that “contains deep cuts to Obama clean energy priorities, including to solar energy, fuel efficient vehicle funding, energy efficiency research, weatherization and biomass research and development,” $1.9 billion below Obama’s request, with a 90 percent cut to weatherization programs for working families.

On a voice vote, the committee adopted an amendment by subcommittee chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) to cut $1 billion in high-speed rail funding to provide emergency flood-related funding to the Army Corps of Engineers for the Mississippi River valley.

The Tea Party continues to fund climate disaster relief by cutting programs that fight climate pollution and build clean-energy resilience. Their oil-fueled policy of robbing Peter to pay Paul will accelerate devastating the global warming disasters that threaten America and the world.

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