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In a continuing swing to the right in Washington, conservative Republicans unveiled spending cuts on March 16 that include terminating the Department of Energy (DOE). But the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) does not expect the cuts to actually happen. The House Budget Committee issued the new round of spending cuts totalling $190 billion to offset a proposed tax cut. Much of the cuts are in social services, but eliminating the DOE and Department of Commerce would save $8.4 billion, say the Republicans. "My perspective is that it's not going to happen," says Randy Swisher of AWEA. "It's a proposal by a group of extremistsÉ it's not going to become law at least this year."

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