Dozens of programs that deal with climate change, pollution clean-ups and energy efficiency would be wiped out by by the Trump administration’s budget, which seeks to demolish parts of the Environmental Protection Agency. The regulator’s funding would be cut by nearly a third under Trump’s “America first” budget proposal (the name borrows from a phrase denounced by the Anti-Defamation League for its links to 1940s Nazi sympathisers), which requests $5.7bn for the EPA in 2018 – a $2.6bn cut, or 31%, on its existing budget. Around one in five EPA employees would lose their jobs. The president can only recommend a budget; the real thing will be written and passed by Congress. However, the blueprint makes the administration’s worldview abundantly clear. The environmental cuts, which are even more severe than the stringent budget EPA staff were bracing themselves for, would remove funding for the Clean Power Plan and scrap all climate change research programs and partnerships. Funding for the clean-up of hazardous substances would be reduced by $330m, while enforcement of the EPA’s clean air and water laws, already considered overstretched by staff, would lose $129m – around a fifth of its budget. Large-scale clean-up initiatives for the Great Lakes… Read full this story
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