The Trump administration submitted its 2021 budget proposal to Congress on Monday, and folks, it's great! Just kidding
The plan would cut the Energy Department's budget by 8 percent and the Department of the Interior's by 16 percent. T
"The message from the administration could not be more clear—if we can't eliminate EPA, then let's starve it out of business," Caren Kagan Evans of the Environmental Protection Network said in a statement.
Adjusted for inflation, the cut of $2.4 billion would fund the EPA at a level not seen in 30 years—as in, before the climate crisis was
That would mean the EPA can do a whole lot less than it's doing now. The plan would cut the EPA's budget for scientific research by 44 percent measure the efficiency of appliances anymore, because the budget would get rid of the Energy Star program which measures the efficiency of electronics and appliances. If the Trump administration has its efficient products?
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The Superfund program, which oversees the clean 34 site clean are currently unfunded. That's the biggest backlog the EPA has seen in 15 years.
The administration has long said that environmental protection should be states' responsibility, not the federal government's. But the budget proposes a 28 percent cut in state grant funding. States depend on federal funding for roughly 25 percent of their environmental budgets, and this couldn't be coming at a worse time: M cut their environmental agencies' funding and staffing in the past 10 years. Seems like the whole "
"Congress should toss this Trump budget into the dustbin of history like they've done with the other ones. This president is putting our families and communities at risk by taking direct aim at the environment, public health and energy innovation," Gina McCarthy , former EPA Administrator and current president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.
Luckily, McCarthy will probably get her wish, because there's no way the Democrat-controlled House will pass this budget. Let's just hope our next administration's priorities are vastly different.
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