Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The House voted for a Continuing Resolution on Friday that would seriously undermine environmental protections if the Senate fails to counter it effectively. H.R.1 reflects a decrease of $100 billion from the President’s FY 2011 budget. It includes a 30% cut to EPA's budget, the largest percentage reduction in 30 years. The sweeping cuts have generated outrage from environmentalists, illustrated by this release from the Sierra Club. Piling on amendments, the House voted to:
- eliminate US funding to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) for the rest of 2011.
- repeal Clean Air Act provisions aimed at reducing Green House Gases.
- defund certain NASA's satellites.
- scale back environmental regulation of mountaintop removal protections.
- prevent the overhaul of a major federal climate research program.
- sharply slash funding for green energy R&D.
Click here for a wry commentary on these amendments by one of my favorite writers.