Two quick notes:
- Our own Jonathan Swan has a good piece on the high-level politics and substance of the budget plan.
- Please check out the Axios stream today for more on the budget and how it's playing in Congress.
The White House will post the budget at 7 a.m., but details are gushing out already. The Washington Post obtained a copy, and here are some energy and climate takeaways …
It seeks to eviscerate State Department climate change efforts by ending funding for the Global Climate Change Initiative and U.S. support for United Nations-backed Green Climate Fund and other multilateral efforts.
The Energy Department would be cut by $1.7 billion, including a $900 million cut to DOE's Office of Science. The green energy loan guarantee program would end too.
- Look for big pushback here: Per the Post copy, Trump's plan would kill the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a plucky branch with bipartisan support that funds "high risk, high-reward" research into breakthrough tech.
Over at EPA, Swan was right: It goes even further than early reports by seeking to cut a whopping $2.6 billion, or 31 percent, from the agency. It would also end funding for a range of climate change programs.
Our thought bubble: The entire budget plan is a frontal assault on former President Obama's climate change and renewable energy priorities. What to watch:
- How much will Capitol Hill Republicans fight to reverse cuts to green energy R&D programs that have support across the aisle?
- Where will Democrats pick their spending fights, given that their wider budget is at odds with their priorities pretty much across the board?