No surprise here: President Trump snubbed environmental protections in his latest budget proposal, choosing instead to fund a widely condemned border wall and ramp up military spending. Released on Monday, the fiscal year 2020 budget suggests a drastic 31 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—the largest reduction across any one federal agency. It also downgrades funding for clean energy, habitat restoration efforts in the Great Lakes, research grants at the National Science Foundation, and a United Nations–led effort to help developing countries cut greenhouse gas emissions. But there's still hope: Congress is likely to reign in Trump’s worst impulses and renegotiate the terms before allowing an exceptionally bad budget to pass—just like it did last year.
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Expert BlogJon Devine
The White House released its proposed federal government budget this week and it’s a plan only water polluters can love.
Expert BlogJackie Wong, Arjun Krishnaswami
President Trump has once again proposed disastrous cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s clean energy innovation budget, even though Congress ignored his similar budget proposal last year and instead provided increased research and development (R&D) funding. Congress should…
Expert BlogAllison Johnson
The Trump Administration’s 2020 budget proposal would cut over $2 billion from federal food and farming programs. It’s a recipe for exacerbating the rural economic crisis and widespread pollution, not a healthy and resilient food system.
Expert BlogLauren Urbanek
The Trump administration rolled out its detailed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week, and once again, it contains enormous cuts for the federal energy efficiency and clean energy programs that affect the lives…