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R&D budget cuts likely

Wind is not faring well in debate on its budget for research and development. Sizeable cuts over last year's budget seem likely. As of late July, the wind budget proposed in the House of Representatives was $30.96 million, compared with $34.8 million finally approved for the fiscal year just ending, FY '99. The same bill also included a rider prohibiting implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, a startling reminder of the uphill fight faced by global warming measures in America. In the Senate budget proposal, wind would get $34.28 million, still well below the $45.6 million for wind proposed by the Clinton Administration and in contrast to the Senate's proposal to increase budgets for nuclear power and fossil fuels.

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