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Bush visits national energy lab on heels of funding cuts

DENVER – Employees whose jobs at a federal renewable energy lab were cut two weeks ago, only to be restored just before President Bush was set to tour the facility, said Monday that they were relieved but concerned about the nation’s commitment to achieving energy independence.Bush was scheduled to tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Tuesday as he proposes to break the country’s addiction to oil as mentioned in his State of the Union address.Critics, however, questioned the administration’s commitment to reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil after the lab’s Feb. 7 announcement of 32 layoffs, including eight researchers, because of a $28 million funding shortfall.Members of Congress earmarked the money for various energy-related projects across the country, which resulted in cuts at the lab.Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., announced late Sunday that the Department of Energy had found money to restore the positions.Matt Baker, executive director of the group Environment Colorado, said he believes reinstating the jobs “has a lot to do with the president coming to town.”

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