As part of their efforts to cut $100 billion from the budget, House Republicans are proposing to reduce Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds for FY2011 down to $50 million, a $10 million reduction from FY2010 levels and the President’s original budget for FY2011. In looking ahead to FY2012, President Obama’s budget released on February 14 eliminates all funding for DERA, noting the benefits of clean diesel technology in new vehicles as fleets turn over as well as the availability of CMAQ and SEP funding for diesel retrofit projects. Nevertheless, the economic downturn has slowed fleet turnover in recent years and DERA supporters will look to Congress for restoration of some funds in light of the overwhelming bipartisan support for the program and the proven cost-effectiveness of diesel retrofit projects.
Read Diesel Technology Forum’s Statement on the Administration’s Proposed FY 2012 Budget.
Hear Diesel Technology Forum’s Executive Director Allen Schaeffer on NPR talking about the proposed elimination of funding for DERA - Obama Budget Slashes Clean Diesel Funding.