Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Meet Stiff Bipartisan Resistance from House Appropriations Subcommittee

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt defended the Trump Administration's massive cuts to the EPA budget before a key House subcommittee on Thursday.   The plan to dismantle our environmental protections  was not well received - by either party. Bloomberg reports: The criticism of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a budget hearing Thursday illustrates the difficulty Trump …

The Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Network for this summary analysis of the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts to EPA - and our environmental protections. The Trump Administration claims that it supports clean air and water, but its proposed FY 2018 Budget tells another story. Their deep cuts would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s Budget 42% …

Boulder’s Climate Researchers Wary Of White House Budget, Paris Accord Exit

The alpine Niwot Ridge research site, about 21 miles west of Boulder, is one of about 100 NOAA sites around the globe that tracks carbon dioxide levels. The Colorado data is one of the longest sets, stretching back 50 years. Grace Hood/CPR News For decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has depended on a …

Trump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs (in addition to staffing cuts)

Yesterday's Washington Post offered some insights into the Trump Administration's plans to reduce earnings for federal workers - both present and past. (Article links below.) Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them... [it] would …

The Earth Warms While Trump Ignores Science: A letter from 777 EPA Alums.

 April 27, 2017 To Our Elected Leaders at All Levels of Government - As former employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we know that science is at the heart of the bipartisan progress our nation has made toward protecting public health and the environment. Americans enjoy cleaner air, water and land today because for …

Air quality program cuts

Air quality grants to states 30%1 Through a competitive process, EPA provides funding to state and local governments for activities such as air quality monitoring, transportation (mobile source management), climate change, indoor air and pollution control.2 Sources of air pollutants and environmental conditions vary from state to state, and these grants are designed to give …

Right to know: Program cuts and vanishing information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all federal agencies make information available to the public on request, unless the information falls within a set of narrowly drawn exemptions.1 Processing FOIA requests is time-consuming and costly in terms of staff time. EPA decided years ago that it was more cost-effective to make data and …

How much do environmental protections cost taxpayers?

Colorado Senator Gardner called the EPA the “Everyone Pays A Lot” administration.1 So how much do we really pay for EPA? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16032017/donald-trump-budget-proposal-climate-change-global-warming-epa EPA’s current budget is $8.14 billion, 0.2 percent of the projected $4-trillion fiscal year 2017 federal budget.2 With the U.S. population at about 324 million, Trump's proposed cuts would bring the EPA's yearly …