As you know, funding for critical federal science and clean energy programs is threatened for the next fiscal year (FY 2018). The Trump administration has threatened to cut the budget of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy(EERE) by 20%, and threatened to eliminate the US EPA’s Energy Star program. The appropriations bill proposed by House Republicans would still significantly cut clean energy programs–cutting EERE’s budget by $980 million. 350 Bay Area members and allies have been meeting with the offices of members of Congress and Senator Dianne Feinstein to advocate for federal clean energy and science programs.

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350 Bay Area representatives Sara Greenwald, Amy Allen, and Kathie Piccagli meeting with Sean Elsbernd, deputy staff director for Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Want to get involved? You can send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of adequate funding for federal science and clean energy programs. Check out this letter to the editor by 350 Bay Area activist Corrina Carter published in the Marin Independent Journal(“Anti-environment attack in Trump’s budget.”). You can also make your views known by writing our US Senators and your member of Congress.  (Here’s a sample letter from 350 Bay Area to get you started.)