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Congress Must Do More to Counter Trump Administration’s Assault on Climate Science
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Congress Must Do More to Counter Trump Administration’s Assault on Climate Science

Bianca Majumder and Kristina Costa argue for Congress to use the appropriations process to combat the Trump administration's efforts to dismantle the federal climate apparatus.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump and his administration have threatened to dismantle the federal climate apparatus. Earlier this year, the White House released a budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 that repeats many of the cuts to federal climate science proposed in Trump’s previous fiscal year budgets. At some agencies, proposed cuts to climate science far outstrip proposed reductions to the agency overall; according to Center for American Progress analysis of the FY 2020 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Budget in Brief and the FY 2020 EPA budget justification, for instance, the Trump administration proposed an 11 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Energy’s overall budget but a 47 percent reduction in its climate science-related activities.

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Authors

Bianca Majumder

Policy Analyst

Kristina Costa

Senior Fellow