Since President Trump took office, it’s no secret that climate change hasn’t been a popular topic in the White House. At the end of last year, President Trump actually stated that he didn’t believe his own government’s climate change report. Then, as we reported last week, he proposed a committee to reassess climate science. Now, according to The Washington Post, President Trump is cutting climate research and renewable energy programs.
Considering President Trump’s history, cuts to programs like climate science, clean energy and environmental protections shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nonetheless, many other proposed cuts include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interior Department and entirely cutting out certain environmental programs. As The Washington Post continues:
The 2020 Trump administration budget overview document, released on Monday, doesn’t even bring up the subject of climate change in laying out the president’s major priorities.
Yet as in prior years, it telegraphs what the U.S. government thinks of climate change — mostly by proposing, in the fine print released individually by separate agencies, numerous cuts to climate research, adaptation, and renewable energy programs.
Congress in past years has largely said no thank you to the administration’s proposed cuts. Still, at a time when climate scientists globally say there’s barely a decade to slash emissions, and when the administration’s own scientists say effects within the United States are getting worse, the Trump administration is barely even shrugging at mounting concern over climate change.
Read the full story on The Washington Post.
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