The issue of global warming has long taken center stage in national discourse from time to time. Some scientists and politicians assert that human influence on the environment is eroding the very fabric of the planet upon which we live. Others have argued that the science is flawed. This argument has been bolstered by reports of skewed or even falsified data. The result is that Americans are confused.
Some wholeheartedly believe in global warming and fear what is to come. Some believe it is all misguided science that is being used for political reasons. And others simply are not sure what to believe.
It would be safe to say that the vast majority of employees working at the Environmental Protection Agency fall into the former category. The Daily Caller reported that an anonymous EPA communications employee said that “more than a few friends were ‘coming to work in tears’ each morning as they grappled with balancing the practical need to keep their jobs with their concerns for the issues they work on.”
Rumors have surfaced about orders from the Trump administration to “freeze all grants for projects, research on global warming, air quality monitoring and education, and instructed employees not to discuss the spending freeze outside the agency.” A global warming website, reportedly slated to be taken down, is still up. The page aggregates links to EPA data on carbon dioxide, other greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of global warming.
If true, the rumors could be the first steps taken by Trump to eliminate the EPA. He pledged to leave only “little tidbits” of the agency. The Obama administration’s web page also included a link to a global warming page that was removed after Trump entered office.
Trump’s nominee to head the EPA is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. He “has battled the EPA in court” repeatedly.
“A leaked memo from Trump’s transition team indicates that the administration plans $513 million in cuts to the ‘states and tribal assistance grants,’ $193 million from eliminating agency global warming programs and another $109 million in savings through cutting ‘environment programs and management.’”
The Washington Free Beacon provides more context:
The Trump administration froze all EPA grants and contracts to make sure new grants are in line with the new administration’s objectives. They also asked for the schedule of all planned meetings and presentations by the agency through mid-February.
Doug Ericksen, the EPA’s communications director for the transition, told National Public Radio that “we’ll take a look at what’s happening so that the voice coming from the EPA is one that’s going to reflect the new administration.”
Source: The Daily Caller