White House Budget Proposes Sweeping Cuts To EPA, Environmental Programs

The White House proposed steep, sweeping cuts to the federal climate change initiatives, including axing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent.

The preliminary skinny budget, released at 7 a.m. on Thursday, reduces the EPA funding by $2.6 billion to $5.7 billion.

It eliminates funding for regional cleanup efforts in the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay, for example, and defunds the Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s only major effort to reduce carbon emissions from the utility sector.

The move essentially kneecaps U.S. participation in the 195-country Paris climate agreement.

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