Who is Getting the Green Money

I’m sure a lot of us have been wondering what part of this $787.2 billion dollar stimulus plan will be going towards green initiatives and incentives. Propublica.org did all the hard work and put together two pretty detailed lists of where the all that money is going (there is a spending list and a tax list), so I went through and plucked out the “green areas” to make it a bit easier..

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: $6,000,000
  • Department of Energy: $15,000,000
  • Environmental Protection Agency: $20,000,000
  • Department of Transportation: $20,000,000
  • Energy all together is getting about $42 billion, check out the list for a detailed breakdown. Little Rhody is getting about $59 million to work on energy issues (did you know the we use the least energy per person, and pay the most out of any state?) To find out how much your state is getting towards energy check here and scroll untill you see the map.
  • Small Business Administration salaries and expenses, microloan program and improvements to technology systems: $69,000,000 (improvements to technology can mean higher energy efficiency)
  • Non-Defense environmental cleanup: $483,000,000
  • Defense Environmental cleanup: $5,127,000,000
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintenance and construction on wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries and for habitat restoration: $165,000,000
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service roads, bridges and facilities, including energy efficient retrofits: $115,000,000
  • Public transportation discretionary grants: $100,000,000 
  • Grants and loans for green investment in section 8 properties: $250,000,000
  • Advanced Energy Investment Credit: $1,647,000,000
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credits: $19,968,000,000 (for a further break down click here)

There are a lot of sites trying to break down the Stimulus plan and they aren’t all exactly the same. From what I can see there is more money being spent on things like highways than on saving the planet, but hey who needs a planet if you can’t drive on a 14 lane highway?