Mulvaney on climate change: “We’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money” https://t.co/rYGKiRnTem— CNN (@CNN) March 16, 2017
As we reported, Office of Management Budget Director for the White House Mick Mulvaney said that this president doesn’t want to spend taxpayer money on programs that don’t get “results,” like the markedly successful program Meals on Wheels. It also apparently applies to climate change programs, including research into the phenomenon.
Mulvaney said that the budget eliminates funding for science and climate change programs for a number of reasons. One of them is that the administration believes scientists need to “focus on core functions.” He cited the National Institutes of Health as an institution suffering from “mission creep” and ends up wasting money.
However, at least the NIH is a program that the White House things should exist at all. When it comes to climate change, which both Mulvaney and President Trump on-record as denying exists, the federal government won’t even research it.
I think the president was fairly straightforward. We are not spending money on climate change anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.
The budget eliminates 31 percent of of the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding, as well as reduces funding for NASA, NOAA, and other organizations that research climate change. However, it appears that while research into climate change is a waste of money, subsidies from fossil fuel companies are not.
National subsidies to fossil fuel industries amount to $20.5 billion per year with $17.2 billion of that coming from the federal government, according to a report from Oil Change International and U.K.
When President Trump was elected in November, we reported how a group of climate scientists frantically tried to preserve the data the U.S. government had published thus far. At the time, it seemed like an overreaction, but in light of these latest steps, the only climate change work being done in America will have to be done by private industry should this budget pass through Congress.
You can watch the full briefing by Director Mulvaney below (this relevant exchange comes around the 22-minute mark):
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