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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 Energys (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 Administrations
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.