Senate Appropriations Should Prioritize DOE RD&D for Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, Says ITIF

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—Ahead of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development subcommittee’s mark-up of its fiscal year 2022 bill, which funds the Department of Energy and other federal agencies, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from ITIF Senior Fellow David M. Hart, director of ITIF’s clean energy innovation program:

While the FY22 allocation to the Department of Energy (DOE) provides a 7 percent increase from the FY21 level, it falls short of launching the Department’s research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities on the “moon shot” trajectory that ITIF has called for. Senate appropriators should prioritize DOE RD&D as they consider the FY22 budget. 

A multi-billion-dollar increase for clean energy innovation in FY22 is a critical step in mobilizing America’s innovative capabilities to combat climate change and capture global markets for clean energy technologies. 

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Senate Appropriations Should Prioritize DOE RD&D for Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, Says ITIF