The bullseye of President Trump’s budget cuts is now clear. Unless Congress asserts itself, the budget of the EPA will be slashed thirty-one percent, more than any other agency. The budgets of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate change programs within NASA will be similarly decimated.
These cuts should not come as a shock. During the campaign, President Trump reportedly said he’s like to abolish the EPA or “leave a little bit.” And he has famously asserted that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”