1980 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 7590. The vote is on the Fuqua/Markey amendment to put back $107 million that had been cut from the energy research and development appropriations for 1981 for solar energy, magnetic fusion and basic energy research. $49 million was earmarked for important social projects like the development of photovoltaics, wind energy, ocean thermal and the market testing and application of solar devices. These renewable sources are less damaging and often cheaper than conventional fossil fuels in the long run.
The House Appropriations Committee slashed $225 million from the Carter Administration budget for innovative energy programs and voted to spend an extra $300 million on nuclear power and water projects instead. The amendment was an effort to undo some of the damage and restore lost funds. It was supported by solar energy advocates and the Administration. Adopted 254-151. June 24, 1980. YES is the correct vote.