Donald Trump’s budget cuts the EPA’s $8 billion budget by 31% to its lowest level in 40 years. This would cripple the agency charged with addressing climate change, keeping America’s air and water safe, and maintaining environmental safeguards for all.
Trump’s budget would:
- completely “discontinue funding for the Clean Power Plan … and climate change research” which would result in significantly more global warming and climate-ignorance-by-design. This could lead to an unraveling of the whole global effort to stabilize our climate;
- sharply reduce funding for air and water quality programs that let us know whether it is safe to drink our water, breathe our air, and swim at our beaches—and what needs to be done when it’s not;
- drastically reduce funds for Superfund cleanup and clean energy research.
These cuts would result in increased federal (and personal) medical costs for the treatment of asthma and cancer as a result of increased pollution. Cutting EPA funds is reckless and unacceptable.
Congress decides whether to fund or cut EPA programs. Contact your Representative and Senators and ask them not to vote for EPA budget cuts. Tell them you are counting on them to protect EPA funding for programs that keep America’s air and water safe, reduce global warming, help cleanup toxic pollution sites across the country, and protect all Americans and our environment.
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