The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect Americans from toxic chemicals and dangerous air and water pollution. But EPA Administrator Pruitt is more concerned about his own personal protection. Indeed, as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to the agency’s budget, Pruitt is seeking extra funding for an around-the-clock security detail—something never before provided or even sought by any previous federal agency head. The administration wants to shrink the EPA’s budget by more than 30 percent by eliminating nearly 60 programs and thousands of staff positions that help protect the public. Pruitt’s response? Hire me some bodyguards.
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WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today signaled its plan to drastically slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget―by as much as 24 percent, according to the press.
ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The incoming head of the EPA believes states should be in charge of their own environmental regulations. Been there, done that, got the oil-soaked T-shirt.
ExplainerPuerto Rico, New York City, United States, ClevelandBrian Palmer
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).