Trump Official: We’re Gonna Cut The EPA In Half

The former leader of President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team said Thursday he expects the president to slash the agency’s budget and staff.

Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy at free market group Competitive Enterprise Institute, told reporters that Trump is considering reducing by magnitudes the agency’s workforce. It currently stands at 15,000 employees nationwide.

“Let’s aim for half and see how it works out, and then maybe we’ll want to go further,” Ebell said, referring to his wish to see the EPA slashed by at least half. He left Trump’s transition team last week, but was at one time on the president’s short list to head the agency.

Half of the EPA’s budget is transferred to state and local areas to update infrastructure projects and environmental cleanup efforts. Ebell, who is a long-time EPA critic and climate skeptic, said the cuts would likely fall on the remaining half of the agency’s budget, which supports a portion of federal employees.

“President Trump said during the campaign that he would like to abolish the EPA, or ‘leave a little bit,'” he said. “I think the administration is likely to start proposing cuts to the 15,000 staff, because the fact is that a huge amount of the work of the EPA is actually done by state agencies.”

Ebell’s comments come after the Trump administration directed the agency to take down its global warming webpage, an anonymous EPA staffer told Reuters Wednesday.

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” the staffer said. The staffer also said employees were scrambling to save data on the website.

The EPA was ordered Tuesday to hold back grants for projects and research on global warming, and instructed employees not to discuss spending freezes to the media.

Agency officials and Democrats, meanwhile, believe Trump’s animosity toward the EPA could lead to the president seeking to abandon the agency entirely.

Democrat have labeled the president’s nominee to head the agency, Oklahoma Republican Attorney Genreal Scott Pruitt, a “climate denier” and a shill for the fossil fuel industry. They’ve added to the chorus of environmentalists complaining about Pruitt’s appointment.

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    Manuel

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    Every time a Chinese coal plant becomes operational, does China pay the CO2 tribute for it? If not, why should Europe and USA pay for theirs?
    Is it that difficult to see that it’s stupid to put limits to yourself when others do not bother with them? It’s either all or none!

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    Squidly

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    Well, that’s a good start for this week. The EPA needs to be abolished altogether. All 50 States have their own EPA. The federal EPA is a violation of the Constitution. The Constitution does NOT grant the federal government such authority over the States, in fact, our Constitution EXPRESSLY PROHIBITS such authority.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Let’s hope that the most radical environmentalists migrate to the states that cater to them the most, like pot heads to Colorado.

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    Simon Ruszczak

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    “We‚Äôre Gonna Cut The EPA In Half”, I recommend across the belly button (sarc).

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    David Lewis

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    The EPA has been responsible for so much abuse lately we are over looking its potential benefit. If it was totally abolished, then all 50 states would have to do the research for their own programs. What we should do is keep the EPA, but abolish all of its enforcement powers. That way it could recommend best practices to the states, and the states would be free to follow the advice if it made sense. Most important, the states would be free to ignore things like Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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      JayPee

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      So what ?
      The research the EPA does is worthless !

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        MCPR

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        According to their IG, the EPA staffers keep a lot of p0rn sites in business with their “research”.

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        David Lewis

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        I agree with the replies to my comment, especially that currently the EPA research is worthless. However, with no enforcement powers, the states wouldn’t follow recommendations from the EPA unless they had true value. In reality, that would require a complete change in staff.

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          JayPee

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          SO WHAT ?
          Is an emptiness of lying foolhardy regulations undesirable ?
          Is a complete change of staff unwarranted ?
          Why not think of the unjustified and illegal harm these self-righteous pigs have done.
          The American people not only deserve better but
          They deserve not to be dictated to by a bunch of unaccountable jerks
          Who regard their dictum as of deity.

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      Sonnyhill

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      I am leary of the pursuit of “best practices”. Usually implies money is not an issue, especially when other people’s money pays for it all.

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