Trump’s EPA is shutting down its climate adaptation office

The agency is reportedly closing down a unit focused on preparing for the effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise and more extreme weather. An agency official justified the decision by saying that adaptation should be conducted at the local, not federal, level. Certainly, the shuttering of the EPA's crack climate response office fits within the worldview of White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who said last month,“As to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward: We’re not spending money on that anymore…We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.” Well then, will the last climate staffer at EPA please shut off the lights on the way out?

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