After two years without funding of the $13.5 billion project, the licensing and development of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada can continue. This was included in the energy and water bill that passed a House panel on Thursday. So what gets cut? Of course, steep cuts to renewable energy programs. I will never understand why such important programs, in terms of the direction for the future, get cut when big oil companies receive billions of dollars in tax subsidies. So many things are so backwards in our government.