During a hearing June 15 in the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, House Republicans said that the Obama administration should anticipate added scrutiny regarding the effectiveness of the Department of Energy’s clean technology programs. They questioned whether the agency is duplicating research that can be carried out better by the private sector, while Democrats defended the programs and expressed their support for the president’s request for an $8 billion increase in clean energy technology funding for fiscal year 2012.