President Donald Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 slashes funding for renewable resources by 70 percent, from $2.4 billion to $696 million, according to Ben Jervey of Desmog Blog.
This is not shocking, considering the head of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is a former associate of Koch Industries, appointed by Trump. Before heading the EERE, Daniel Simmons was VP of Policy at the American Energy Alliance (AEA), one of the Koch network’s think tanks, and called for the elimination of the very office he now heads.
During Simmons' tenure, the organization wrote to Congress:
“The role of this office is to promote and subsidize 'clean energy' as determined by government bureaucrats. However, the government should not be in the business of trying to commercialize products and services it deems 'clean'. This office aims to control multiple sectors of the economy, from energy production and transmission to manufacturing and construction. Cutting this office would help end large corporate handouts to failed technologies, such as the disastrous Chevy Volt bailout, and allow for true market-based innovation and development. Est. savings 2016-2020 = $9.78 billion.”
This is not the first time Simmons attacks renewable energy sources, for the Koch-funded Institute for Energy Research blog, Simmons wrote a scathing article over the use of wind energy and falsely claimed that it was hurting farmers, when this technology has already endowed farmers with a collective $222 million per year.