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Renewables, Climate and Equity Form Core of Interior Budget Ask

March 28, 2022, 6:02 PM

Renewables, racial equity, tribal justice, climate and wildfire risk reduction are among the Interior Department’s top priorities in its fiscal 2023 budget request, which seeks a 19% funding boost over fiscal 2021.

The department is requesting an additional $2.9 billion for its fiscal 2023 discretionary budget, totaling $17.5 billion, up from $14.6 billion in 2021. The increase is compared to the fiscal 2021 spending level, which agencies were operating under with some adjustments until passage of this month’s fiscal 2022 spending law.

The request includes a 146% increase in funding for renewable energy development over fiscal 2021, from $103 ...