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Trump budget proposal is an assault on environment and wildlife

March 20, 2017 | Environment

 

 

The Trump Administration released a budget blueprint last week that calls for dramatic cuts to major conservation and environmental efforts including the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental justice programs and programs designed to protect wildlife.

 

Taking a sledgehammer to these programs would be nothing more than a gift to big oil companies and a devastating blow to our communities, the environment and the animals who depend on it. It is clear to us that this President who ran on a promise of employment and prosperity is instead bringing a scorched planet.

That’s why we’re asking you to take action today and contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and ask them to completely oppose this budget proposal and to stand up for environmental safeguards that will protect habitats and wildlife across the country. Find your Congress Member right here.

 

You can also take a stand with us on April 29th at the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. Join us to be a voice for the planet and to resist the Trump administration’s attempts to put our climate even more at risk. Learn more here.

 

According to the American Bird Conservancy there are three agencies essential to protecting wildlife and habitats would be among the hardest hit:


1. The Department of Agriculture’s budget would be cut by $4.7 billion—a 21 percent decrease from last year’s funding levels. At risk are key programs such as the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife. These programs provide support to farmers to conserve and restore habitats, potentially preventing the need to list species of conservation concern under the Endangered Species Act.


2. The Department of the Interior would lose $1.5 billion—a 12 percent decrease. That would put at risk essential migratory bird conservation laws and programs including the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, State Wildlife Grants, the North American Wetland Conservation Act, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The proposed budget’s emphasis on energy development on public lands would also put at risk progress on conserving sagebrush habitat, late-successional forests, and desert streams that are essential for the conservation of declining species. More funding, not less, is required if we are to turn the tide for endangered species.

 

3. The Environmental Protection Agency would be cut by $2.6 billion—a 31 percent decrease. Such a severe cut would require extreme staff reductions and threaten to undermine the agency’s ability to function effectively. To protect human health and wildlife, EPA needs additional resources, not a budget reduction. Without adequate funding, the agency will have significantly reduced capacity to protect birds and other wildlife from neonicotinoid pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

 

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I love animals, this can't happen!

I can't take anymore of this madness with this man!! We need to come together and put a stop to this fraud!!

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