The U.S. Pushes to Increase Global Coal Use

Picture of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen said “This bill will target funding to where it’s needed the most, ensure U.S. dollars are being put to good  use to expand democracy and peace and provide critical humanitarian assistance in war-torn, disaster-affected, and impoverished areas of the world”. That’s nice, high five for the words.

The quote is taken from the July 2017 press release of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. In reviewing the fiscal year 2018 State and Foreign Operations Bill it becomes obvious where U.S. priorities lie. What gets funded is important whereas what doesn’t get funded is unimportant. So, let’s take a quick snapshot of what’s unimportant.

The bill cuts Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, Operations funding for the State Department and global diplomatic funding. Reduces funding to the United Nations (UN) and various other affiliated organizations. The bill continues reductions for OCO international security assistance, funding to the USAID Office of the Inspector General and programs regarding proper management & review of the appropriate use of U.S. funding.

The bill continues with reductions in OCO funding for bilateral economic assistance to foreign countries, cuts funding to international organizations and banks and doesn’t include funding for Green Climate, International Debt Relief, Panel on Climate Change and The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and more. The bill does provide funding for rolling back coal regulations allowing coal-fired projects to be conducted by U.S. companies in foreign communities with the justification of taking cost effective, good quality technology to developing nations.

Alas the bill continues funding Israeli projects while cutting funding to Palestinian causes. These changes can be viewed as good or bad depending on who’s doing the viewing. It seems funding for good causes are down while funding for war, occupations, criminalizing commoners, reducing education, protecting state & corporate rights is up. Aside from buying coal stock, I’d like to know where do I sign up to benefit from the other changes that are to the detriment of other nations?

More can be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394988 and at https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap–stateforop-fy2018stateforeignoperationsappropriations.pdf