Energy, conservation advocates split on spending package

By Andres Picon | 03/06/2024 06:48 AM EST

Champions of nuclear found much to like in the legislation but not so for fans of the Great American Outdoors Act.

President Joe Biden arrives to board Air Force One.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday. The White House released a statement praising the fiscal 2024 spending package on the House and Senate floor this week. Alex Brandon/AP

Nuclear advocates and other energy backers are giddy about proposed funding increases contained in the first tranche of Congress’ fiscal 2024 spending package. And then there are others — like conservation boosters — who are less than thrilled.

Such is the way with big spending packages like the one released Sunday, with winners and losers scattered across its 1,050 pages.

The American Nuclear Society, for example, is celebrating the funding proposal’s allocation of billions of dollars for nuclear energy development, including for domestic uranium enrichment.


A coalition of conservationists, meanwhile, is sounding the alarm about funding clawbacks that could impact federal land and water programs.