The news coming out of Washington D.C. this morning indicates that a compromise deal may avert a national credit crisis. What does the deal, which is being characterized as by the media as containing significant cuts to military, discretionary and other spending, mean to to green building and energy effiiency? Here are a few comments from the media/blogosphere over the last week. Its important to note that these posts were all made during the week leading up to the deal. We should keep our eyes open on what the final bill entails.
Defense Department LEED Funding to Be Eliminated? Chris Cheatham at Green building Law Update
At the New York Times, Debt Deal Set to Crater Energy, Enviro Spending for Years to Come, Elana Schor of Green wire described some of the deep long term cutbacks…
The bipartisan alignment on knifing what is likely to be billions of dollars from U.S. EPA and the Energy and Interior departments’ budgets over the next 10 years is drawing little notice as the debt-limit talks hurtle toward a hectic climax marked by bitter intra-party tensions.
Even as they focus on a splashier battle against restrictive policy riders in GOP spending bills, Democrats and environmentalists alike acknowledge that the deficit endgame spells doom for their priorities.
“We’re fighting riders today on the Hill in the Interior funding bill for one year, but this sets up the blueprint for potentially a number of years,” Sierra Club deputy national campaigns director Melinda Pierce said of the debt byplay between House GOP and Senate Democratic leaders.