This blog has been diligently complaining about the EPA for almost three years. It’s been frustrating to say the least.
The list of reasons why the EPA needs to be dialed back goes on and on.
There are plenty of reasons to feel good about a Trump presidency but his commitment to fixing the EPA is at the top of the list. We all know that Scott Pruitt is a rockstar but we still weren’t sure what would actually get put down on paper when it came time to making cuts.
This week, Trump put his budget plan on the record and it was an absolute home run.
The EPA is finally getting what was coming to them.
The great Michael Bastasch has the details…
From The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump will recommend cutting the EPA budget 31 percent.
Trump will release his “skinny budget” Thursday morning, broadly laying out the White House’s budget request. Trump will push for a $2.6 billion cut to EPA’s budget, congressional staffers familiar with the request told NYT.
Previous reporting indicated Trump wanted to cut EPA’s budget 25 percent, or $2 billion, and reduce its staff by 20 percent, or 3,000 employees. But in the last couple of days, sources told reporters the cuts would likely be deeper.
Trump is expected to cut dozens of EPA global warming programs, funding to environmental groups and state grants. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would push to protect grants to states for environmental cleanup and water infrastructure.
It gets better.
Scott Pruitt said the following recently.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.
“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“But we don’t know that yet. … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
Pinch me. I’m dreaming.
He’s absolutely right by the way.
There were reports that EPA employees were crying when Trump won the election.
Good. Anyone associated with this rogue government agency over the last 8 years should be shown the door. The EPA under Obama became a clear cut example of big government run amok.
This budget could ultimately be changed as it makes its way through Congress but the message has been sent loud and clear that Trump and Pruitt aren’t messing around.
I’ll leave you with the following words from Trump’s budget chief.
“Regarding the question as to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward. We’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.’ So that is a specific tie to his campaign,” Mulvaney said.