#25: More on NREL Layoffs/Rehire Prior to Bush Speach
2/26/2006 10:14:00 PM | Author: baloghblog

nrel.jpgRobbing Peter to pay Paul: DOE officials are trying to decide where to get the $5 million to rehire 32 workers that were laid-off when the NREL budget was cut. President Bush explained it this way:

"I recognize there has been some mixed signals when it comes to funding," Bush said in reference to proposed cuts in NREL's budget by both Congress and the administration.

"As a result of the appropriation process, the money may not end up where it was supposed to have gone," he said. "I think we've cleared up those discrepancies."

Now the discrepancies are cleared up, but the DOE isn't sure where the money is going to come from. According to this article, the preferred way would be to reassign earmarks that are currently deignated to go to other renewable energy projects.
The prospect of diverting money from one renewable project to another rankled alternative-energy advocates.

If that happens, “We have a situation where we’re robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Matthew Garrington, field organizer for Environment Colorado. “We need to make sure renewables and efficiency programs are at the forefront and not an afterthought.”

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Marchant Wentworth, legislative representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit environmental and scientific group, called taking the $5 million from a renewable program “a huge mistake.”
Link: The Gazette

some original thoughts HERE and HERE

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