The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially in legislative hot water after Florida lawmakers introduced a bill to abolish the agency.
Threats to cut environmental spending and even target climate scientists have been floated during the election and resurfaced recently.
“I will also cancel all wasteful climate change spending from Obama-Clinton, including all global warming payments to the United Nations,” said Donald Trump during a pre-election stump in Michigan on 31 October last year. “These steps will save US$100 billion over eight years, and this money will be used to help rebuild the vital infrastructure, including water systems, in America’s inner cities.”
Since then, the fate of Obama’s Clean Power Plan and even the solar ITC have been mooted, with industry insiders disagreeing on their fate, but mostly acquiescing that even without them, the industry would continue to grow.
Now, Florida representative Matt Gaetz has introduced HR 861 which would eliminate the EPA altogether. The purpose of the bill, in Gaetz’s own words, is “to protect [local government’s] environmental assets in the absence of federal overreach.”
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