Picking Up Slack During the Trump Presidency

Written by Elliot Ross, ESLLC 2016-2017

Given how during the first few weeks of the Trump presidency the office holders cut extreme amounts of funding to the EPA the new question is can state funded agencies pick up the slack in order to help preserve the environment. Over the years 2013-2015 funding for environmental agencies on the state level rose by 2.7 billion. Although that amount increase isn’t anything too huge it still begs hope for the future of our planet. During the Obama administration the amount of employees in environmental agencies reduced by 1,600 staff members. This also begs the question of whether we are on a road of recovery or if we are destine for environmental failure.

Trump’s budget cuts to the EPA racked in at 31% that is a whole 2.5 billion dollars. What that lead to is cuts on research. This is the same kind of research that points to global climate change and ways to fix it, the same thing that all of Trump’s administration says doesn’t even exist. State funding doesn’t usually lead for much room of these types of research. So while clean up crews and other more hands on EPA and state agency programs will likely still function almost just as well we end up with research being put on the back burner.

While the EPA used to handle the signing of treaties and legislation that stopped environmental issues from starting we now have a lesser ability to put those things in line given the cuts. While state level legislation will be passed almost just as easily we end up with big picture environmental issues not being handled. Large issues such as the BP Mexican Gulf oil spill are only recognized when they have already happened. Funding cuts to the EPA will allow dangerous things such as the oil spill to happen instead of stopping them before they occur.

Cohen, Steven. “Can State Environmental Agencies Fill in for a Failing EPA?”

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The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 Apr. 2017. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.


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