Republicans Want To Shut Down The Department Of Energy. Here’s Why That’s A Really Bad Idea:
The biggest thing that the #DOE does is #Nuclear #Defense, which makes up nearly two thirds of its total budget. This includes everything from managing our stockpile of nuclear weapons and providing the Navy with the reactors that power our submarines and aircraft carriers. It is also one of the key agencies involved with non-proliferation.
The next big line item is science programs, which takes up nearly a quarter of the total DOE budget, or just over $5 billion. This encompasses legendary laboratories like #Oakridge, #Argonne, #Fermilab and #SLAC, just to name a few. These are crucial for maintaining our national scientific excellence.