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Trump's plan to cut basic energy research finds an unlikely opponent: oil executives

Trump's plan to cut basic energy research finds an unlikely opponent: oil executives

A group of business leaders has sent a letter to the top members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees urging them to maintain basic research funding, especially in energy, that President Trump has proposed to slash or eliminate.

The letter signed by 14 senior figures from the business world — including trade group leaders and current or former executives in technology, finance, utilities, oil exploration, and military and civilian aerospace — said Congress should "invest in America's economic and energy future by funding vital programs in energy research and development at the Department of Energy."

Trump has proposed massive cuts in those areas,...

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