The Department of Energy (DOE) requested a total of $25 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2009 to further the Administration’s initiatives aimed at expanding and diversifying clean, affordable, reliable energy supplies, fostering scientific breakthroughs, and preserving our national security. The FY 2009 request is $1 billion over the FY 2008 appropriated amount. Secretary of Energy, Samuel W. Bodman stated, “This budget furthers President Bush’s comprehensive strategy to increase energy, economic, and national security by focusing on accelerating technological breakthroughs, expanding traditional and renewable sources of energy, and increasing investment in scientific discovery and development.”

In keeping with the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative, the Department’s Office of Science would receive nearly a 20 percent increase over the 2008 estimate to $4.7 million. Within the DOE’s Office of Science, the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program would receive $413.6 million for biological research and $154.9 million for climate change research, both of which are above FY 2008 appropriations.


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