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Industry, Advocates See Little Chance For Trump's Massive Budget Cuts

A possible budget blueprint from President Donald Trump seeking “deep cuts” for climate and other programs is likely dead on arrival (DOA) in the GOP-controlled Congress, according to industry and environmentalist sources.
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Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Energy (DOE), committed to defend the department's research and development (R&D) programs for several low-carbon technologies, including renewables and carbon capture, in the face of reports that the new administration is planning to propose massive budget cuts.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is questioning the climate-related testimony from Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, during his recent Senate confirmation hearing, arguing several responses were “lacking or down right inaccurate -- from climate science and the Paris Agreement to fossil fuel subsidies.”

California power grid operators are releasing a study they say shows that renewable energy plants with "smart inverter" technology can provide superior integration of zero-carbon power to the grid while ensuring electricity reliability across the region.