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Trump’s Budget Cuts Harm The Planet, Our Democracy And Put Struggling Americans On Edge


Trump’s Budget Cuts Harm The Planet, Our Democracy And Put Struggling Americans On Edge

Trump’s proposed budget would:

-cut EPA funding by a third, ending climate change research, slashing spending for industrial waste clean-up, and eliminating the Clean Power Plan and a full 50 programs the administration deems “lower priority and poorly performing,” including Energy Star (which sets standards for energy-efficient household appliances) and the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (which addresses chemicals like BPA);

-cut nearly $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, which funds medical research around the country;

-cut $5 billion from the Department of Agriculture, targeting food safety, rural development and conservation funding, and international food aid;

-cut 13% from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels and other housing and community programs;

-cut 13% from the Department of Transportation, eliminating funding for long-distance Amtrak trains and state transportation projects;

-cut 20% from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which runs ten of the DOE’s seventeen national laboratories, involving a wide range of research, from sequencing for the original Human Genome Project to current fusion energy research;

-eliminate federal funding to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which has given out $1.5 billion to 580 high-risk, high-reward projects in renewable energy and efficiency since 2009;

-eliminate $250 million in funding for NOAA, which would cut grants supporting coastal and ocean research;

-cut $102 million from NASA’s Earth science program, ending four missions that would have observed the Earth from space: PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR Earth-viewing instruments, and CLARREO Pathfinder;

-eliminate federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, initially devastating and ultimately destroying public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions — all for Americans in both rural and urban communities;

-and eliminate federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, having a disproportionate impact on organizations in rural and urban communities, e.g. 40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods, with 36% of grants going to undeserved populations including programs for veterans and people with disabilities.

All of this just to pay for a bigger military, which is already wasteful and the size of the next seven to eight largest military budgets around the world, and a border wall, which is incredibly expensive and will never happen due to geographical challenges, environmental costs, tribal and legal constraints, and logical contradictions, e.g. the fact that it won’t work and the fact that nearly half of all unauthorized migrants living in the U.S. entered legally through ports such as airports or border crossings but just never left.

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