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Climate Change Technology Initiative: Other Climate-Related Investments

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Climate Change Technology Initiative:
Other Climate-Related Investments

There are a number of additional programs for which funding is proposed in the FY 2001 budget that – while not part of the Climate Change Technology Initiative (CCTI) per se – contribute to improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These programs include:

  • Cleaner Coal and Natural Gas. The FY 2001 budget includes a total of $232 million (of which $56 million is part of CCTI) to support the Department of Energy's (DOE) aggressive R&D effort to develop next-generation technologies for the combustion and use of coal and natural gas. For example, research and development of integrated gasification combined cycle technology could lead to ultra-high efficiency coal plants with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Low Income Weatherization and State Energy Grants. These DOE programs facilitate energy efficiency investments at the State and local level. The Weatherization Assistance Program, for example, delivers energy conservation services, such as insulation, to low-income Americans, reducing energy costs for consumers, improving health and safety, and reducing carbon emissions. The total FY 2001 budget request for these two programs is $191 million – a $22 million increase over FY 2000 appropriations.
  • Agricultural & Forestry Conservation Programs. The Administration's 2001 Farm Safety Net Initiative proposes an increase of $1.3 billion in FY 2001 funding for Department of Agriculture conservation programs. Many of these same programs have the co-benefit of reducing carbon emissions resulting from agriculture and forestry and enhancing the ability of “sinks,” such as forests and farmlands, to sequester or store carbon. This includes programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and the Farmland Protection Program. In general, these programs assist farmers, ranchers, and other landowners in conserving and improving soil, water, and other natural resources associated with rural land.

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