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Enviro-Mich:

     The following is forwarded from Minnesotans for an Energy Efficient
Economy (ME3), who forwarded it from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Apparently the Senate Appropriations committee is putting forward a bill which
makes major cuts to Renewable Energy Funding.  Read-on for details.

Regards,

David Wright

In a message dated 98-06-08 11:30:16 EDT, bailey@ilsr.org writes:

<< Subj:	 [Fwd: Alert: Senate committee cuts renewable energy funds]
 Date:	98-06-08 11:30:16 EDT
 From:	bailey@ilsr.org (John Bailey)
 Reply-to:	bailey@ilsr.org
 To:	bailey@ilsr.org (John Bailey)
 
 ME3 Netters-
 Here is an update on federal funding for renewables from the Union of
 Concerned Scientists.
 
 jb.
 --
 John Bailey, Research Associate
 Institute for Local Self-Reliance
 1313 Fifth Street SE
 Minneapolis, MN  55414
 Tel:  612-379-3815
 Fax:  612-379-3920
 
 ILSR's Web Site:  http://www.ilsr.org
 Sustainable MN:   http://www.me3.org
 
 
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 Hi, energy advocates,
 
 This week the Senate Appropriations Committee cut funding for renewable
energy
 programs and restricted the ways funding can be spent. When the bill comes
 before the full Senate for a vote, a group of Senators lead by Senator
Jeffords
 of Vermont is going to offer an amendment to put back the money that was cut
and
 increase renewables further. 
 
 The action alert below is going out right now to UCS activists. I hope you
will
 also take a minute today or early next week to call your two Senators and
urge
 them to vote for the Jeffords-Roth Amendment to restore funding for renewable
 energy. We don't know when the Senate will vote, so better to call sooner
rather
 than later.
 
 Feel free to circulate this alert further or adapt it for your own uses.
Thanks
 very much,
 
 Lara 
 
 ************************************
 Lara Levison
 Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Energy Program
 Union of Concerned Scientists
 tel: 202-332-0900 x109
 fax: 202-332-0905
 e-mail: llevison@ucsusa.org
 http://www.ucsusa.org
 ************************************
 
 To:   Renewable Energy Supporters
 From: Lara Levison, Regional Energy Advocate
       Michael Drescher, Energy Intern
       Union of Concerned Scientists
 Re:   Urgent action alert on Senate renewable energy    
       funding
 Date:   June 5, 1998
 
 Protect renewable energy funding from deep cuts and 
 restrictions!
 
 BACKGROUND:
 
 On June 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the 
 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that sets 
 funding levels for renewable energy research and 
 development (R&D) for the 1999 fiscal year. Unfortunately, 
 the bill ignores the Clinton Administration's request for 
 increased funding, cuts deeply into renewables R&D, and 
 places severe restrictions on how renewables funding is 
 spent, in the following ways. 
 
 1.  The Clinton Administration requested $437 million in 
 funding for renewable resource technologies, including 
 solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass. The Senate 
 subcommittee flatly ignored this request and approved only 
 $345 million in funding.  Not only is this level far below 
 the Administration's request, it is also lower than the 
 amount allocated last year. 
 
 2.  The Committee bill makes severe cuts in R&D for 
 renewable energy programs. The bill cuts $29 million from 
 last year's budget for specific programs, including 
 photovoltaics (15% cut), biopower (21% cut), and geothermal 
 (41% cut).  These deep cuts endanger the future of 
 renewable energy programs and jeopardize years of hard work 
 to make renewable energy funding a priority.
 
 3.  The Committee report sharply restricts funds for 
 renewables by prohibiting spending on commercialization and 
 demonstration projects for many of the programs. Basic 
 research is important, but developing ways to deliver 
 energy from renewable resources is just as important.
 
 When the bill reaches the Senate floor, possibly as early 
 as next week, Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and William Roth 
 (R-DE) will propose an amendment that would significantly 
 increase renewables funding and possibly address the 
 spending restrictions. So far, Senators Allard and Campbell of 
 Colorado are cosponsoring the amendment.
 
 ACTION:  UCS fully supports the Jeffords-Roth amendment and 
 needs your help to gain support from other Senators. Call 
 or fax both your U.S. Senators today, and tell them that 
 you strongly oppose the deep cuts in renewable energy 
 funding in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill. 
 Urge your Senator to protect the environment by voting for 
 the Jeffords-Roth Amendment to increase funding for 
 renewable energy research and development. 
 
 You can reach your Senators through the Senate switchboard 
 at (202) 224-3121. Check out 
 http://www.senate.gov/senator/state.html for a state-by-
 state listing of Senators and their contact information. 
 Visit the UCS web site for background information on 
 renewable energy: http://www.ucsusa.org.
 
 If you have questions, contact Lara Levison or Michael 
 Drescher at the Union of Concerned Scientists by email 
 (llevison@ucsusa.org or energyintern@ucsusa.org), or 
 telephone (202-332-0900).
 
 
 *********************************************
 Lara Levison
 Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Energy Program
 Union of Concerned Scientists
 tel: 202-332-0900 x109
 fax: 202-332-0905
 e-mail: llevison@ucsusa.org
 http://www.ucsusa.org
 **********************************************
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ME3 Netters-
Here is an update on federal funding for renewables from the Union of
Concerned Scientists.

jb.
--
John Bailey, Research Associate
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1313 Fifth Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
Tel:  612-379-3815
Fax:  612-379-3920

ILSR's Web Site:  http://www.ilsr.org
Sustainable MN:   http://www.me3.org


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Hi, energy advocates,

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee cut funding for renewable energy
programs and restricted the ways funding can be spent. When the bill comes
before the full Senate for a vote, a group of Senators lead by Senator
Jeffords
of Vermont is going to offer an amendment to put back the money that was cut
and
increase renewables further. 

The action alert below is going out right now to UCS activists. I hope you
will
also take a minute today or early next week to call your two Senators and urge
them to vote for the Jeffords-Roth Amendment to restore funding for renewable
energy. We don't know when the Senate will vote, so better to call sooner
rather
than later.

Feel free to circulate this alert further or adapt it for your own uses.
Thanks
very much,

Lara 

************************************
Lara Levison
Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
tel: 202-332-0900 x109
fax: 202-332-0905
e-mail: llevison@ucsusa.org
http://www.ucsusa.org
************************************

To:   Renewable Energy Supporters
From: Lara Levison, Regional Energy Advocate
      Michael Drescher, Energy Intern
      Union of Concerned Scientists
Re:   Urgent action alert on Senate renewable energy    
      funding
Date:   June 5, 1998

Protect renewable energy funding from deep cuts and 
restrictions!

BACKGROUND:

On June 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the 
Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that sets 
funding levels for renewable energy research and 
development (R&D) for the 1999 fiscal year. Unfortunately, 
the bill ignores the Clinton Administration's request for 
increased funding, cuts deeply into renewables R&D, and 
places severe restrictions on how renewables funding is 
spent, in the following ways. 

1.  The Clinton Administration requested $437 million in 
funding for renewable resource technologies, including 
solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and biomass. The Senate 
subcommittee flatly ignored this request and approved only 
$345 million in funding.  Not only is this level far below 
the Administration's request, it is also lower than the 
amount allocated last year. 

2.  The Committee bill makes severe cuts in R&D for 
renewable energy programs. The bill cuts $29 million from 
last year's budget for specific programs, including 
photovoltaics (15% cut), biopower (21% cut), and geothermal 
(41% cut).  These deep cuts endanger the future of 
renewable energy programs and jeopardize years of hard work 
to make renewable energy funding a priority.

3.  The Committee report sharply restricts funds for 
renewables by prohibiting spending on commercialization and 
demonstration projects for many of the programs. Basic 
research is important, but developing ways to deliver 
energy from renewable resources is just as important.

When the bill reaches the Senate floor, possibly as early 
as next week, Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and William Roth 
(R-DE) will propose an amendment that would significantly 
increase renewables funding and possibly address the 
spending restrictions. So far, Senators Allard and Campbell of 
Colorado are cosponsoring the amendment.

ACTION:  UCS fully supports the Jeffords-Roth amendment and 
needs your help to gain support from other Senators. Call 
or fax both your U.S. Senators today, and tell them that 
you strongly oppose the deep cuts in renewable energy 
funding in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill. 
Urge your Senator to protect the environment by voting for 
the Jeffords-Roth Amendment to increase funding for 
renewable energy research and development. 

You can reach your Senators through the Senate switchboard 
at (202) 224-3121. Check out 
http://www.senate.gov/senator/state.html for a state-by-
state listing of Senators and their contact information. 
Visit the UCS web site for background information on 
renewable energy: http://www.ucsusa.org.

If you have questions, contact Lara Levison or Michael 
Drescher at the Union of Concerned Scientists by email 
(llevison@ucsusa.org or energyintern@ucsusa.org), or 
telephone (202-332-0900).


*********************************************
Lara Levison
Regional Advocacy Coordinator, Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
tel: 202-332-0900 x109
fax: 202-332-0905
e-mail: llevison@ucsusa.org
http://www.ucsusa.org
**********************************************


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