Although lacking in details, Trump’s “skinny budget” is clearly bad news for energy research.
President Trump’s budget proposal for the year beginning 1 October would slash funding for the Department of Energy’s basic research programs while adding 11% to the agency’s nuclear weapons activities. It would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third from its current-year level, including a 48% reduction to the agency’s R&D program.
Trump’s budget priorities, which were outlined in a 62-page document released on 16 March, propose a 17%, or $900 million, reduction to DOE’s Office of Science, which is the largest source of funding for basic research in the physical sciences. Although those cuts are not broken down further, published reports have suggested that the Basic Energy Sciences, Nuclear Physics, and Advanced Scientific Computing Research offices would be pared down, while the Biological and Environmental Research program office would be targeted for elimination…
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