9 Environmental Programs Trump’s Budget Would Cut

Although the Donald Trump administration tries to walk back claims that it doesnít care about the environment, all the proof of his lack of concern for the planet can be found in his latest budget proposal. If the White House gets its way, the EPA would lose $2.5 billion in the next fiscal year, equal to more than 23 percent of its current funding.

The cut rate is down slightly from last yearís proposed 24 percent trimming, but Iíd hardly call that progress. The EPA hasnít operated with that little money since the early 1990s when we were less aware of how important it is to take care of the planet.

Bloomberg and the Chicago Tribune break down some of the programs within the EPA or outside and environmentally-related that would either be drastically reduced or eliminated entirely under the Trump budget. Some of the more notable cuts include:

1. RESTORING CHERISHED BODIES OF WATER

Efforts to clean and restore beloved bodies of water such as the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes would get cast aside by the Trump administration. The Great Lakes, for example, would see its program money go from $300 million to just $30 million. Whatís more remarkable is that these efforts have received bipartisan support, so Trumpís going totally rogue on this one.

2. THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The Trump administration has made disregard for science a staple of its actions, so itís perhaps expected that the funding for this agency drops from $762 million to $489 million.

3. THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE

This program looks out for developing nations that face some of the worst consequences of climate change like storms, heat waves and sea level rise. Considering that the U.S. plays a big part in releasing carbon emissions, youíre damn right we should feel guilty and give back in these areas. Alas, the program funding is already down about 90% from the amount Barack Obama previously allocated.

4. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The EPAís research ventures would be cut nearly in half, with this $229 million in requested reductions. According to the budget, the idea is to focus research on ways to adhere to environmental laws rather than studying a variety of environmental topics.

5. HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE SUPERFUND

Money allocated to cleaning toxic sites will be reduced by 30 percent. The administration claims that by reducing the money, it will encourage private entities to take over the work itself, but if corporate America were willing to do this on its own, why hasnít it happened yet?

6. ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY

This Energy Department program that specifically seeks to find and develop the next generation of renewable energy technology would lose its $305 million budget and close down.

7. SEA LEVEL PROGRAMS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would lose all $273 million in funding directed at studying how sea level rise threatens the country, which would seemingly leave coastal cities more at risk without knowledge to better protect themselves.

8. RADON DETECTION

A program currently exists to provide states with funding to search for this radioactive gas, but the White House budget eliminates it entirely.

9. FLOOD MAPPING

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maintains flood maps of about 65 percent of Americaís streams, with the goal of reaching all 100 percent given the recent devastation we saw in Texas. Instead of increasing funding to get the job done, Trump wants to cut the existing funding by almost half.

If thereís any good news, itís that Congress largely rejected Trumpís EPA budget cuts last year, so thereís hope that Congress will recognize the need to keep environmental funding at least close to current levels.

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