Energy Budget Calls for Cuts in Several Programs

By Frederic J. Frommer | February 11, 2011 | 4:49 PM EST

Washington (AP) - The Obama administration will propose making a big cut to fossil fuel research and closing two facilities.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined those cuts, as well as a big increase for clean energy, in a blog post Friday.

Chu says that the budget would cut the Office of Fossil Energy by 45 percent, or $418 million. The budget would also save $70 million by reducing funding for the hydrogen technology program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The administration would end operations at the Tevatron facility at Fermi National Laboratory, saving $35 million, and close the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, saving $10.3 million.

The cuts were first reported by the National Journal.