Obama's 2012 Budget Proposes Boost for Electrics, Cuts for Hydrogen

White House Budget FY2012 Renewables chart

In brief: President Obama has submitted his fiscal year 2012 (FY2012) budget proposal to Congress and it includes some big boosts for electric vehicles and cutbacks for hydrogen fuel.

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White House FY2012 Renewable Energy Budget Proposal

Obama's stated goal is to have 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015 in America. His budget proposal would likely make that more achievable, through plug-in incentive and funding programs.

The budget proposes to make the current $7,500 tax write off for purchasing a plug-in into an instant rebate that would be applied as soon as the vehicle is purchased, thereby lowering the sticker price of the plug-in.

The budget also pushes for more research and development grants, putting $588 million into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). That would increase current funding by 88%.

A further $200 million program would go towards grants to allow communities to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure such as charging stations and improved utilities.

The budget would cut more than 40% from hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell technology funding to the DOE - knocking $70 million from their budget for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Obama's plans are relatively short-sighted, with that 2015 goal seeming to dominate his alternative fuel wishes. His overall budget is a 12% increase over 2010 spending levels.

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