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White House To Reduce EPA Budget

White House To Reduce EPA Budget

Unfortunately-and unconscionably-the U.S. Senate has voted in as director of the critically important Environmental Protection Agency a man, Scott Pruitt, who doesn't accept the scientific consensus that human-generated Carbon dioxide emissions are a significant cause of climate change. "Today's action will reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information from this industry, " he said in a statement.

"The burden of the request is disproportionate to its benefit, " the letter reads, citing an estimate from the EPA that put the cost of completing and responding to the survey at $1,100 to $5,800 for each company.

"Today, we are underscoring the [Obama] administration's commitment to finding commonsense ways to cut methane", former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said when the order was issued previous year.

In May the Obama administration finalized regulations limiting methane emissions at new drilling wells.

Scott Pruitt, the newly sworn-in administrator, in scrapping the rule, said the agency is "signalling that we take these concerns seriously and are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states".

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According to Reuters, the EPA's annual budget will be slashed to $6.1bn, including 12,400 staff, when Trump presents his budget proposal for 2018.

Last week, the Oklahoma attorney general's office released emails under court order that shed new light on how chummy relations between Pruitt and the oil and gas industry became during his six years as the state's attorney general. Is the money saved going toward cleaning up our environment?

The recent EPA decision, however, could result in more greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere in the absence of environmental tracking.

That information was being collected as part of a long-term project to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas production, an initiative that grew out of an agreement between Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The agency is also discussing implications stemming from California's waiver from the EPA to set its own vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions standards, some of the people said.


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