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Just How Small a Sliver is Energy Spending in Our National Budget? Energy R&D Spending is Dwarfed By Defense and Health Budgets

All those "wasteful" energy programs currently threatened by the House GOP are but a tiny thread compared to military and health spending.


Wake me when the so-called "deficit hawks" stop gutting our paltry energy spending and start talking about the Department of Defense.

This chart (cc) from Third Way was released as part of a report—Creating a Clean Energy Century—last fall. I actually linked to it awhile back, but it feels particularly timely right now as the House GOP threatens pretty much every crumb of R&D funding. (Except for investment in nuclear and deep offshore drilling, of course.)

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What You Actually Paid For Last Year

How our tax money was spent in 2009-and how little went towards education.

Think of it as a taxpayer receipt. As Andrew recently pointed out, let's say you made $34,140 last year, of which $5,400 went towards federal income taxes. Of that, a whopping $50 was spent on K-12 education. And another $30 went toward college loans for poor students. Third Way, a self-described moderate think tank, insists that all taxpayers get such a receipt (PDF).

How might you suggest a reordering of our spending priorities?

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The Energy Efficiency Trifecta: Rural Edition

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the HOME STAR-aka, "cash for caulkers"-home energy efficiency program that would offer healthy rebates to...

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