NRDC Action Fund Battles to Save EPA from Trump’s Ruthless Cuts Donald Trump vowed during his campaign that, if elected, he would so thoroughly dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency that there would be only “little tidbits left.” His first proposed budget as president demonstrates just how determined he is to deliver on that promise. Indeed, Trump’s proposal for fiscal
year 2018 would slash the EPA’s budget by a staggering 31 percent —more than any other federal agency. The NRDC Action Fund is mounting an all-out counteroffensive on Capitol Hill aimed at galvanizing public opposition to Trump’s radical assault and saving environmental protection in America.
“President Trump’s draconian cuts of more than $2 billion would force the agency to eliminate or cripple scores of programs that are vital to protecting us from dangerous air pollution, contaminated drinking water and toxic chemicals,” says Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC
Action Fund. The budget would abolish all programs associated with climate change and would zero out funding for restoration of the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. What’s more, the EPA would radically scale back its enforcement
of environmental laws, which would unleash corporations to pollute with impunity. Congress has the power to reject these drastic cuts, and that’s where the NRDC Action Fund is waging an aggressive campaign to save the EPA. The mission of the Action Fund is building support for environmental protection and mobilizing citizen power on Capitol Hill. Saving the EPA will require pressure on key centrist senators whose votes on the budget will likely prove decisive. The Action Fund is sounding the alarm in their home states through an intense media campaign that is spotlighting the awful price we will pay — in pollution, illness and death — if Trump’s budget is approved. And the Action Fund is making it easy for thousands of constituents to express their outrage by phone or face-to-face at town hall meetings. “We need key senators to get the message loud and clear that voters will not tolerate Trump’s attempt to dismember the EPA,” says Curtis. “No senator wants to incur that kind of voter wrath.” At this critical moment, the Action Fund is asking NRDC Members to support its all-out push to save our environment and the EPA.
Trump’s “Buy One, Lose Two” Deal Is Unlawful By Rhea Suh, President
Imagine a scientist declaring we can’t find a cure for cancer unless we stop work to prevent polio and smallpox. That’s absurd, of course, but it’s precisely the approach President Trump wants our government to follow when it comes to environmental safeguards. Under his new executive order, when a federal agency wants to issue a new rule,
standard or regulation to protect us, it must scrap two existing measures, regardless of the benefits they provide. It’s all about cutting costs for corporations and making the rest of us pay the price. The order goes beyond the president’s authority under the Constitution. It would require federal agencies to violate their legal obligations to protect
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the public. And it would put Americans at greater risk because new protections won’t be able to move forward unless existing protections can be repealed. NRDC has joined with our allies in filing suit to block Trump’s unlawful decree. Nobody wants overregulation. Our federal government, though, has no higher obligation than to protect the health and safety of our people. The Clean Air Act, for example, averts more than 230,000 preventable deaths, 86,000 emergency room visits and more than 16 million lost days of work or school every year. That saves the country up to $2 trillion annually, or 30 times as much as it costs industry to comply with our clean air laws. Under Trump’s order, those benefits would be ignored, as agencies are directed to find at least two regulations to cancel for every new one they adopt. Trump’s order puts polluters first and the American people dead last. We’re confident the court will agree.
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