Kill Trump’s Budget Before It Kills the EPA

Target: Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the United States House Committee on Appropriations

Goal: Fight EPA cuts that would eliminate vital environmental programs and personnel.

Once more, the Trump administration is launching a wholesale assault on the agency tasked with protecting our environment. In addition to slashing nearly every aid program, Trump’s new proposed budget would take a hatchet to the EPA, cutting its funds by over 30 percent. As a result, dozens of programs and thousand of jobs would be lost.

The proposed two-and-a-half billion dollars in cuts would eliminate most funding for several beneficial projects, such as initiatives meant to bolster the Gulf of Mexico’s water quality and restoration projects for the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. Just as with Trump’s infrastructure proposals, much of the burden for environmental protection and improvement will rest on states’ shoulders. Both clean water and climate change seem to be particular targets of this proposal. Prosecutions for clean air and water violations would see a significant drop as funding for these efforts drops to nearly nothing. Any programs aimed at addressing climate change would be under severe threat as well, particularly any Obama-era initiatives. Other prominent EPA-related measures in the budget include a reduction in grants for toxic substance monitoring, a hefty fee for an energy efficiency program that aids consumers, and the elimination of fully 20 percent of the EPA’s workforce: an especially ironic goal for a president who fancies himself a jobs creator.

This renewed assault should come as little surprise since Trump once boasted he would make the EPA an organization of “little tidbits.” Environmental advocates will certainly find no ally in the EPA head, a climate change denier who has previously sued no fewer than seven times the organization he now runs.

The onus is therefore on individuals who care. Dedicated activists helped halt Trump’s budgetary murder of the EPA last year. Sign this petition to help ensure another success.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen,

Last year, Congress took a strong stand for the environment by refusing to stand for President Trump’s massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. We look to you to make a similar unwavering statement this year.

EPA programs are vital to ensuring not only the health of our environment but our very livelihoods as well. Clean air and clean water are not inconveniences or hindrances; they should be fundamental fixtures of our planet and its sustainability. If we cast aside initiatives that improve and restore our environment and turn our backs on the science and people who can and do make this world a better place, then we are turning our backs on the future of humanity itself.

Restore our environment by restoring the scope and capabilities of the agency tasked with protecting it. Say no to dangerous budgets and yes to our future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Anjali Aisha

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5 Comments

  1. GEN AGUSTSSON says:

    clean water is life. clean air is life.

  2. Without clean water, clear air, a clean environment for all things there would be nothing. Money is important only so, the EPA doesn’t cause much to fund so fund it!.

    Don’t become environmental abusers, because then you would become human and animal abusers! Nothing should have to suffer.

  3. Signed @ 645 Signatures. Good letter. Thank You.

  4. Mr. Trump’s statement: America First is a great line.
    But how will it be achieved without a health environment?

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