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Trump's budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA / cut funds for NOAA

Posted by Chris in Tampa on 3/16/2017, 11:08 am

And now it's feeling even realer.

"Trump's budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA":

Thursday's proposal by the White House would slash the EPA's budget by 31 percent - nearly one third - from its current level of $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. It would cut 3,200 positions, or more than 20 percent of the agency's current workforce of about 15,000.

'You can't drain the swamp and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency,' Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters. 'The president wants a smaller EPA. He thinks they overreach, and the budget reflects that.'

"Proposed budget for Commerce would cut funds for NOAA":

"Climate change and ocean research would suffer sharp cuts in the Trump budget proposal for the Commerce Department, which aims for a reduction of 16 percent, or $1.5 billion, much of that targeted at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Commerce cuts would eliminate $ 250 million in coastal research programs that prepare communities for rising seas and worsening storms, including the popular $73 million Sea Grant program, which works with universities in 33 states.

The Trump budget document asserts that these programs 'primarily benefit industry and State and local stakeholders, 'making them a 'lower priority.'"

Graphics: "What Trump cut in his budget"

"Here are the federal agencies and programs Trump wants to eliminate":

"Trump's budget calls for seismic disruption in medical and science research":


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Trump's budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA / cut funds for NOAA - Chris in Tampa, 3/16/2017, 11:08 am

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