The biggest focus of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) is to maintain the natural environment of the United States of America. Among these are climate change, restoration, cleanup, and environmental justice. All of which are extremely vital to the welfare of our nation. Due to the recent slashes in the EPA's budget, many of these projects and goals will not be achieved. This meaning that our nation's environment will remain in the same tragic state unless the EPA can find enough money to continue their projects.
The EPA and it's functions undoubtedly benefit the natural environment, and the american people who inhabit it. The EPA directly works to improve the environment, and help enforce the use of renewable resources. Our natural environment is what surrounds us every day, and without proper care it will not be usable for much longer. With climate change on the rise, the EPA would be working harder than ever to eliminate this issue, if they had the given resources.
With an idea in mind of how to structure their budget, the EPA is now left having to re-structure. After the "huge" slash in the EPA's federal funding from President Trump, this will lead to an inevitably restricted budget. This massive cut will not only reduce resources and research, but employment as well. Around 3,200 positions will be lost. This surely is not a way to "create jobs" how our president promised. Without the crucial funding from the government, the EPA will rely intensely on grants, and will only be able to focus on certain areas, rather than the entire spectrum that they are typically concerned with.
Because of the recent 31% decrease in the funding of the EPA, research on climate change will drastically decrease. President Trump's budget focuses intensely on defense funding and not nearly as much on departments regarding the environment such as the EPA, Energy Department, and Interior Department. Without the funds necessary to research climate change, Trump will undoubtedly make no progress regarding the issue. This means the United States will suffer from rapid climate change, without even a small attempt to find a solution.
The EPA can no longer extend it's involvement to all possible areas that it would wish. As a result of the cuts towards the EPA's budget in President Trump's plan, the EPA can now only focus on "scientific research, climate change and education." This means they will have to neglect other important areas of focus, leaving them to the state and local government. This means that our central organization for the protection of our environment will be very restricted, and not able to provide attention to all important issues. Considering the state of our nations environment, this seems to be a very hazardous move from the president. The environment is what surrounds us and offers us potential renewable resources, and without proper care we will inevitably see a great decline in the state of our natural environment.