Energy Environment  
DOE Secretary Faces Tough Questions  
Over Department Energy Cuts  
nergy Secretary Rick Perry was fend it, which is what I’m doing.”  
“The Department of Energy’s re-  
grilled in several congressio-  
nal committee hearings in June nate some DOE programs, including States a world leader in science and  
about proposed cuts to the Department the Advance Research Projects Agen- technology, and these programs will  
of Energy (DOE) for 2018. cy-Energy (ARPA-E), which funds re- help the United States maintain its  
During testimony before the Senate search into energy-efficient windows. brainpower advantage to remain com-  
Energy and Water Appropriations Sub- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), petitive at a time when other countries  
The 2018 budget plan would elimi- search programs have made the United  
committee, Perry seemed to distance chair of the Senate Energy Appropria- are investing heavily in research,” Al-  
himself from the administration’s bud- tions committee, told Perry that Con- exander said. “Mandatory spending,  
get, which reduces DOE funding by 5.6 gress is prepared to preserve ARPA-E. which amounts to more than 60 per-  
percent or $1.7 billion.  
Alexander also said cutting DOE’s bud- cent of federal spending, is the cause  
“I got here on the second day of get will harm America’s global com- of the nearly $20 trillion federal debt.  
March, and that budget was already petitiveness in high-tech industries, The federal debt is not the result of  
written,” Perry said. “My job is to sit adding that it’s not a department that’s Congress overspending on science and  
here in front of you and robustly de- driving huge government deficits.  
energy research each year.” n  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2017  

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