Trump’s budget

Recently, the Trump administration proposed a new budget that includes significant cuts to government agencies that regulate energy and environmental resources. Among these proposed budget cuts is a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

These proposed budget cuts to the EPA’s budget would hinder the EPA’s ability to enforce environmental regulations and protect the environment in its current state. The administration claims that budget cuts are to reduce unnecessary or redundant spending within the agency; however, many of the programs that may be cut go directly against the interests of big coal and oil companies. It is clear that Trump wants to cut programs that make a real impact in preserving and protecting the future of the environment, with little regard to the environmental consequences of these program cuts.

This is Trump’s latest in a long series of attacks against the EPA and the environment. On top of the threat of budget cuts, the administration has threatened to rollback the mercury and air toxic standards and appointed a former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, as administrator of the EPA. This downright disregard for environmental accountability is exactly why I choose to intern with climate activist group, Defend Our Future. I will continue to fight for our environmental rights until this clear pattern of disregard is broken. I call upon our U.S. senators, Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, as well as our congressmen and women to do the same and vote against a budget that slashes the EPA.

BEN MARINO

Philadelphia

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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