Bush Tapped Solar Energy Funds to Print Energy Plan

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Bush Tapped Solar Energy Funds to Print Energy Plan

Fri Mar 29, 9:33 AM ET

By Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While environmentalists have slammed the White House national energy plan for not doing enough to promote renewable energy, the Bush administration found those government research programs useful in paying the bill for printing copies of the 170-page plan.

The administration took money from the Energy Department's solar and renewable energy and energy conservation budgets to pay for the cost of printing its national energy plan.

Documents released under court order by the Energy Department this week revealed that $135,615 was spent from the DOE's solar, renewables and energy conservation budget to produce 10,000 copies of the White House energy plan released last May.

Another $1,317.39 was spent for producing 16 "briefing boards" used by administration officials to illustrate and explain the White House energy plan.

The newly released documents also show that $176.40 was taken from the energy conservation program to pay for an Alaska trip by Andrew Lundquist, the White House energy task force's staff director, to promote the energy plan.

The administration's energy policy called for drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (news - web sites), a proposal strongly opposed by environmentalists.

At the same time the White House tapped the renewable budget for funds to print the energy plan, administration was urging Congress to cut the renewable and energy efficiency research budgets by more than 50 percent.

Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites), who headed the White House energy task force, criticized environmentalists for relying too much on renewables and conservation to solve the nation's energy problems. "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy," Cheney said two weeks before the energy plan was released last May.

The administration did try to spread around the cost of producing the energy plan.

It dipped into the DOE's fossil energy program, which covers primarily oil research, to pay $100.92 for a hotel room near the Government Printing Office where the policy publication was being produced.

The documents did not name the official or if the hotel offered a government rate.

-- (Dumbya@hypocritcal.bastard), March 30, 2002



Running low on material, eh Scoldmeister? Booooooring.

-- (Roland@hatemail.com), March 30, 2002.

Wrong link Meathead. This is where I got the story.

Of course a scum-sucking repug like you would call it boring, because you don't want anyone reading about the criminal activities of your hypocritical dimwit hero. Unfortunately for you there are still a lot of people who care about truth and honesty, or as in Dumbya's case, the lack of it. This story is currently among the 20 most popular news items being downloaded at Yahoo. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Your Ignorance.

-- (Dumbya@cheating.thief), March 30, 2002.

"$135,615 was spent from the DOE's solar, renewables and energy conservation budget"

"the DOE's fossil energy program, which covers primarily oil research, to pay $100.92"

Heh-heh, snicker-snicker, sounds fair to me!

-- Dickhead Cheney (take the @ money. "En ron"), March 30, 2002.

An issue strech even for Reuters. Not enough money to protect the smallest steel mill for a month.

-- Carlos (riffraff@cybertime.net), March 30, 2002.

Bush took over 1300 times as much money from the renewable energy funds than he did from the fossil fuel energy funds to print a plan that primarily favors fossil fuels.

Hmmm, makes sense to me!

-- Yep, that's fer sure! (Dumbya@hypocritical.sleazebag), March 30, 2002.

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