Re: Congressional Voting on Energy and Water Budget.
I am saddened to see the July 10 voting on appropriations for energy and water development.
The Republicans of the House voted, nearly unanimously, to increase the amount of our tax dollars given to fossil-fuel research. This bill increases the funding by $31 million, to a whopping $593 million.
We all know how rich the fossil-fuel industries are. Why do they deserve our tax dollars for further research? How is this a conservative principle of market-based economics?
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An amendment to this bill was defeated, an amendment which would have increased the tax dollar funding for "renewable-energy and energy-efficiency programs" by $111.6 million and decreased the funding for fossil-fuels research by $161.9 million.
If any industry needs tax help to develop, it would be these innovative ones.