Momentum Continues to Build for Climate Action !
Trump's Proposed Budget Is a Blow to Fighting Climate Change
Back in November, 2016, we reported that President-elect Trump had made statements indicating he would likely do all that he could to weaken or eliminate US participation in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Recent events have confirmed that he intends to follow up on that promise.
The 2018 budget proposal, just released, includes cuts to the funding for all of the programs that would enable the US to take meaningful action and fulfill our commitments to the global community as agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Environmental Protection Agency would take a 31% cut from its current budget, thereby eliminating over 3 thousand jobs. Dozens of programs that address Climate Change plus others that enable pollution cleanups and promote energy efficiency would be wiped out of the Trump administration budget proposal. This stripped down budget also removes funding for the Clean Power Plan, that is reducing power plant emissions, and scraps Climate Change research and measurement programs.
Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, confirmed that the Trump administration wants a smaller EPA and the budget reflects that. He confirmed that the new administration had no interest in funding to combat Climate Change. "We consider that to be a waste of money", Mulvaney told reporters. Additional reductions at the Energy, State, and Treasury Departments would also damage the ability of the federal government to combat climate change.
Trump and his cabinet don't consider Climate Change an urgent threat and they (conveniently) believe the question of human responsibility is still debatable, even though the question is more than settled in the scientific community and largely acknowledged by the general public.
In our view, these actions are irresponsible at least, and at worst show little regard for the long term benefit of our country and Planet Earth.
Therefore, it is up to us to make our voices heard if we want to prevent the administration from ignoring science and allowing our planet to burn!
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