4 takeaways from hearing with DOE deputy David Turk

By Nico Portuondo | 06/27/2024 06:15 AM EDT

Lawmakers questioned Turk about climate spending, a multibillion uranium program, the administration’s LNG pause and funding for fusion.

David Turk.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. House Science, Space and Technology Committee/YouTube

A top Department of Energy official dove deep into a host of issues at a House hearing Wednesday, including details on the administration’s liquefied natural gas export review pause, uranium supplies and how the agency has been spending its windfall from recent climate and energy laws.

Bipartisan lawmakers on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee also peppered Deputy Secretary David Turk over DOE’s budget request for fusion energy, arguing more funding was needed.

Turk said that while he wanted more spending on fusion, he was acceding to tough fiscal realities. The House will release its spending bill covering the department Thursday.


Below are some takeaways from the hearing: