Friday, March 31, 2017

Newly-planned, even deeper EPA cuts will further boost Walker, et al

The Washington Post has obtained Donald Trump's even more jaw-dropping plan to slash US EPA funding, programs and staff which goes far, far beyond what had surfaced a few weeks ago:
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Smoke stacks from a factory.
The damage that this disastrously-unprepared, deeply-unpopular and corporately self-interested President will be compounded because the plan envisions turning over basic EPA responsibilities to states like Wisconsin, where right-wing GOP Gov. and states-rightist devotee Scott Walker, already in the bag for the Koch brothers fossil fuel agenda has systematically reduced clean water and air programs to please donors and special interests at the public's expense by installing a "chamber of commerce mentality" and agendas atop the state's Department of Natural Resources:
Walker has reduced DNR budgets, pared its long-standing, bi-partisan land acquisition program, slashed science and other staffs, enabled reduced pollution inspections and enforcement actions  - - read this 2012 enforcement summation and a 2016 followup - - and wants to turn over agency permit drafting to 'regulated' applicants already enjoying eased permit reviews. 
And throw in a 5-4 pro-corporate, GOP-installed US Supreme Court majority 'refereeing' disputes, and Houston, we have a helluva problem. 

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