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  • Released February 7, 2008
Nuclear Policy » Report

Analysis: U.S. Department of Energy Budget FY 2009

Despite extraordinary dependence on foreign oil, the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 budget does little to find alternatives.

Despite extraordinary dependence on foreign oil, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2009 budget does little to find alternatives. Instead, the Bush Administration's single largest funding priority for the Energy department is to maintain a large, oversized nuclear arsenal and to build new weapons. The imperative to maintain DOE’s large and antiquated nuclear infrastructure is a major impediment to achieving a balanced and sound national energy policy.