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Trump budget blow to environment

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would gut programs for science and the environment, reflecting the Republican’s rejection of mainstream science.

Trump has frequently called climate change a “hoax,” and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. Trump’s proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent — nearly one-third — and eliminate more than 3,200 jobs.

That amounts to 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of 15,000.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the Trump administration is cutting spending for climate change efforts because “we consider that to be a waste of your money.”

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Mulvaney said: “I think the president is fairly straightforward. We’re not spending money on that.”

The EPA budget would drop to $5.7 billion from its current $8.1 billion. Trump’s proposed budget goes far beyond EPA cuts.

It would eliminate funds for the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s signature effort to address climate change by restricting greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.Speech

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