Republicans Target Energy Spending, Environmental Laws

"Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)'s Republican Study Committee on Thursday released a list of programs they'd like to see cut as part of the Spending Reduction Act of 2011. Clean energy, efficiency, rail, and climate programs were all atop the two-page list of cuts, reaffirming the fact that when Republicans say they want an "all of the above" energy plan, they really mean just coal, oil, gas, and sometimes nuclear.

On the cutting room floor, if the committee gets its way: the Applied Research program at the Department of Energy, Amtrak, and the Washington Metro, among other programs that help reduce energy use and develop new techonologies."

Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones January 21, 2011.


"House Republicans Would Slash Ten Environmental Programs" (Environment News Service)

"GOP House Leaders See Corporate Donations Surge" (Washington Post)

"GOP Staff, Energy Lobby in Closed-Door Talks" (Politico)

"House GOP's Next Target: The Clean Air Act" (Salon)

"With Health Care 'Repealed,' GOP Turns to Climate Change" (McClatchy)

"EPA's Chief Wanted for Frequent Questioning by Congressional Republicans" (Bloomberg)

"Conservatives Lay Out $2.5 Trillion in Cuts" (Politico)

Source: Mother Jones, 01/24/2011