President Obama's budget proposal invests billions of dollars in clean energy and repeals oil and gas subsidies to pay for some of it. In a stark contrast, House Republicans are pushing legislation that would slash billions of dollars in clean energy research and development and entire programs within the Environmental Protection Agency.
Obama's budget probably won't pass Congress, especially the elimination of oil and gas subsidies, which Obama has proposed in past budgets. It's equally unlikely the House Republicans' plan will pass the Senate. Nonetheless, the proposals embody the priorities of Obama and the GOP and lay the foundation for a partisan budget battle over policy.
What investments--and spending cuts--should Obama make in areas of energy and environment policy? What proposals should both parties in Congress consider? Would the clean energy investments Obama is proposing be enough to spur a green economy?