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Proposed U.S. Budget Highlights

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The proposed U.S. budget for FY 2000 was presented to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 1, 1999, by the Clinton administration. It requests $4.1 billion for efforts to curb the risks of climate change on human health and the environment, including a call for increased funding of R&D in energy-efficient technology and the use of renewable energy resources. The proposed amounts represent a spending increase of 34% from last year’s budget for climate- change-related activities. The climate-change package includes tax incentives, new research funding, and grant moneys to help communities reduce emissions and urban smog. Specifics components of the program include:

  • $200 million for a Clean Air Partnership Fund to “support state, local, and private efforts to reduce both greenhouse-gas emissions and ground-level air pollutants”;
  • $1.4 billion for R&D on energy-efficient technologies and renewable-energy programs, including a study of the role of forests and farmlands as carbon sinks;
  • Tax credits and incentives for individuals purchasing (1) more-energy-efficient homes and equipment or (2) alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles;
  • $122 million to spur cleaner technologies for fossil-fuel-fired power plants.

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