Under Trump, EPA workforce shrinks to ‘levels not seen since the Reagan administration’
"Since President Trump has taken office, 1,600 EPA employees have departed the EPA. The Post notes that this has shrunk its workforce 'to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.'
Staff departures, coupled with a slowness to replace them, accomplishes a stated goal of the Trump administration: shrinking the federal government. In addition to the EPA, the Post notes that nearly all federal agencies are seeing dramatic reductions in workforce under Trump."
President Donald Trump has another campaign promise to brag about keeping, “nearly all federal agencies are seeing dramatic reductions in workforce” under the Trump administration, according to the Washington Post. The EPA, which President Trump has targeted to reverse former President Obama’s “climate agenda” has now reduced its workforce to “to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.”
Climate change skeptics are rejoicing at this key promise kept from President Trump. In 2017, the Trump Administration’s OMB director Mick Mulvaney had announced there would be no more ‘crazy’ climate spending. Mulvaney was direct, declaring “global warming” funding “a waste of your money.”
Just last week, a prominent climate skeptic, Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer, joined the Trump administration. Happer has called “global warming” a “cult movement” and “pure belief disguised as science.” In addition, the Trump administration is withdrawing the U.S. from the UN Paris climate pact and reversing the Obama administration’s “global warming” regulations. Trump’s new Supreme Court pick could also make it harder to fight “Climate change.”
Here is the latest on the shrinking federal agencies.
A mass exodus of workers is depleting the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency, shrinking the federal office tasked with safeguarding America’s natural resources to its smallest size in decades, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Since President Trump has taken office, 1,600 EPA employees have departed the EPA. The Post notes that this has shrunk its workforce “to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.”
Staff departures, coupled with a slowness to replace them, accomplishes a stated goal of the Trump administration: shrinking the federal government. In addition to the EPA, the Post notes that nearly all federal agencies are seeing dramatic reductions in workforce under Trump. This is increasingly making carrying out their missions much more difficult. And with the possibility of budget cuts still on the table, further staff attrition could be in the future.
The now former EPA staffers noted their frustration with Trump’s radically anti-environment agenda, saying it was the catalyst for their decision. Scientist Ann Williamson told the Post, “I did not want to any longer be any part of this administration’s nonsense.”
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Flashback 2017: A Joyful Day in DC! White House declares ‘global warming’ funding is ‘a waste of your money’
The Hill: The White House on Thursday defended a proposal to slash federal funding for climate change programs, calling it “a waste of your money.” “I think the president was fairly straightforward on that: We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a White House briefing on Thursday. “We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. We consider that a basic tie to his campaign.”
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano: ‘This is a day of joy in Washington DC! Finally, an administration who respects science and cost-benefit analysis! The days of spending endless federal dollars on ‘global warming’ programs may be ending! Trump may go down in history as the man who slayed the ‘climate change’ financial racket.’
Flashback: Analysis of EPA: Climate change ‘politicized the EPA’ – ‘EPA has (mostly) solved the most basic and widespread public health and environmental problems that plagued the U.S’
Amy Harder of Axios: ‘The EPA has (mostly) solved the most basic and widespread public health and environmental problems that plagued the U.S. back around the ’60’s. Climate change is now the top environmental issue in the country. That politicizes the EPA, makes it less of a big deal to average Americans and fuels antipathy from elected Republicans, most of whom don’t acknowledge it’s a real issue.’
‘The Obama administration issued a steady stream of major regulations on climate change…It was one of the most aggressive EPA’s ever’
‘Most past Republican presidents nominated EPA administrators who were more to the left on environmental issues than the Republican Party writ large.’
Cheers! Time Mag: Justice Kennedy’s Replacement Could Make It Harder to Fight ‘Climate Change’
Time: “As a crucial swing vote, Kennedy – the Reagan appointee joined liberals in a landmark 5-4 decision in 2007 that the EPA is required to address climate change if its own scientists found that it posed a risk to public health. Two years later the agency made exactly that determination, issuing a scientific document known as the endangerment finding…
Many conservatives consider Massachusetts v. EPA and the endangerment finding an overreach. And the decision could easily find itself on the chopping block.
Trump Once Again Proposes Slashing Billions From EPA’s Budget