White House Addresses NETL, Energy Questions

Issues a statement, refers to speeches made by president

Morgantown Dominion Post
26 April 2012
By David Beard

The White House recently responded to seven specific questions from The Dominion Post regarding proposed funding cuts for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program.

Five questions dealt with NETL and the president’s energy policy. They included a request for his response to criticisms of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed power plant pollution standards, his plans for transition from fossil fuels to alternative sources, and his so-called “war on coal.”

A senior White House official responded with a single paragraph and referred The Dominion Post to several recent speeches by President Obama.

The official’s quote: “The 2013 Budget makes difficult decisions about reducing funding for programs that are laudable, but that in this fiscal environment cannot be funded at desired levels. The Administration made tough choices about where to invest taxpayer dollars during this era of tight discretionary spending caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011. At the same time, the Administration has had considerable success getting its proposed spending cuts enacted into law, which has helped us reduce discretionary spending and meet the tight spending caps. The 2013 budget builds on these savings with additional cuts, consolidations, and savings, on both the discretionary and mandatory side of the budget. Overall, when combined with the legislation signed into law last year, the budget contains more than $4 trillion in balanced deficit reduction to put the country on a sustainable fiscal path.”

Here are excerpts from the speeches, given March 22:

“So as long as I’m president, America is going to be pursuing an all-of-theabove energy strategy. Yes, we’ll develop as much oil and gas as we can, in a safe way, but we’re also going to develop wind power, and solar power, and advanced biofuels. We can build the next-generation nuclear reactors that are smaller and safer and cleaner and cheaper, but we’ve got to also look at renewable energy as the key to our future. And we’ve got to build cars and trucks that get more miles to the gallon. We’ve got to build homes and businesses that waste less energy, and put consumers in control of their energy bills.”

“And as long as I’m president, we are going to keep on making those investments. I am not going to cede the wind and solar and advanced battery industries to countries like China and Germany that are making those investments. I want those technologies developed and manufactured here in Ohio, here in the Midwest, here in America. By American workers. That’s the future we want.”

“According to experts, we’ve now got more than 5,600 solar companies nationwide, and many of them are small businesses. There are solar companies in every single state in the Union. And today, we’re producing enough solar energy to power 730,000 American homes. And because of the investments we’ve made as a nation, the use of renewable energies has actually doubled. So this is an industry on the rise. It’s a source of energy that’s becoming cheaper; we all know it’s cleaner. And more and more businesses are starting to take notice.”