Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Congressional Republicans Sharply Criticize Trump Budget

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Congressional Republicans Sharply Criticize Trump Budget

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WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump's proposed budget would gut programs for science and the environment, reflecting the Republican's rejection of mainstream science.

Trump has frequently called climate change a "hoax," and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he did not believe carbon dioxide was a primary contributor to global warming. Trump's proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent nearly one-third and eliminate more than 3,200 jobs.

That amounts to 20 percent of the agency's current workforce of 15,000.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the Trump administration was cutting spending for climate change efforts because "we consider that to be a waste of your money."

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Mulvaney said: "I think the president is fairly straightforward. We're not spending money on that."

Trump's proposed budget goes far beyond EPA cuts.

It would eliminate funds for the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama's signature effort to address climate change by restricting greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Four different NASA Earth science missions would be shut down, including one championed by former Vice President Al Gore, a leading climate change activist.

The plan also would eliminate funding for the State Department's Global Climate Change Initiative and the U.N. Green Climate Fund, which help developing nations address climate change. It also would cut $250 million from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants that help coastal communities adapt to climate change, deal with invasive species and maintain healthy water and fisheries.

The budget also eliminates funding for regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes, Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, as well as Energy Star, a popular program to promote efficiency in home appliances. …

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