1975 Scorecard Vote
Public Works Energy Research Appropriations FY 1976 (H.R. 8122). The vote is on the Richmond amendment to add $64 million more in funds for solar energy. Two years ago the Atomic Energy Commission had recommended that the government should by spending $190 million on solar energy by this year. Yet the AEC's successor, the Energy Research and Development Administration, testified that any increase in their budget of $127 million would just be throwing money away on a program already well-funded. The amendment would increase solar funding from 4.2% to 6.2% of the energy research budget – only slightly more than what is being spent for a single project in the nuclear program. Solar power is one of the safest, least polluting and most efficient forms of energy available. Amendment rejected 190-219. June 24, 1975. "YES" is the correct vote.