Predictions that the environment wouldn’t fare well under Donald Trump are already coming true. His budget proposal aims to slash Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by 31 percent, tossing out climate change programs because as White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said, those are “a waste of your money.” Perhaps Trump’s America First budget proposal shouldn’t come as a surprise: it’s highly militaristic and hard on the arts, the sick, the poor, foreign aid, and of course climate change. Under the Trump budget, pollution cleanup efforts and energy efficiency measures would be shoved to the side. Related: Trump to purge climate change from federal government Over 50 EPA programs could be lost under the Trump budget, including large-scale cleanup efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes and assistance for Alaskan villages hurting because of climate change. States would be left to pick up the pieces. And so much for Trump’s blustering about jobs – around one in five EPA workers would lose theirs under the so-called America First budget. Mulvaney hearkened back to campaign trail language when he said, “This comes back to the president’s business person view of government , which is if you took over this as a CEO, and you look at this on a spreadsheet and go, ‘Why do we have all of these facilities, why do we have seven when we can do the same job with three, won’t that save money,’ and the answer is yes…You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency.” He also doubled down on Trump’s view of climate change. “We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Mulvaney said. “We consider that to be a waste of your money.” Ultimately Trump’s budget is simply a recommendation; Congress will write and pass a budget. It remains to be seen if they’ll gut the EPA as much as Trump wishes. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore on Flickr and Eric Vance/USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency on Flickr
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“It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year ,” sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I’m looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in my head and I know that for my young children, each day of December holds the promise of something holiday related. Unfortunately, while Christmas can bring out the best in our giving spirits , it can also be a nightmare of consumerism at its worst and the packaging, wrappings, and trappings of holiday celebrations both small and large make it even worse. Fighting the “gimmes” with children at this time of year can be hard, especially when Santa is supposedly able to bring anything your child’s heart desires. Read on to learn how you can you make the holidays a little greener for the planet, a little kinder for everyone, and little lighter on your wallet. Read the rest of 7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angel tree , budget , budget christmas , budget holiday , Chanukah , Charity , charity gifts , Christmas , christmas holiday , christmas holidays , decoration , decorations , diy decorations , gift giving , gifts , gingerbread , gingerbread houses , green christmas , green holiday , green xmas , hanukkah , Holiday , holiday on a budget , holiday season , holidays , kindness , Kwanzaa , lights , outdoor lights , patience , presents , solstice , time with family , winter solstice , Xmas , xmas holidays , Yule
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Comments Off on US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season
While wildfires in the West are burning through the forests at a rapid pace, the U.S. Government is likewise burning through the money in a hurry trying to fight them. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the federal government will likely run through its entire annual budget for fighting wildfires by the end of August – a whole two months before the end of the fiscal year and the official wildfire season. Read the rest of US Wildfire Fighting Budget Almost Spent with More Than Two Months Left of Fire Season Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: (FEMA) , budget , change , climate , disaster , Drought , emergency , fighting , finance , fire , forest , global , government , states , united , warming , wildfire
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Comments Off on An Efficient 60 Watt LED Bulb For Under $15
Yesterday, Lighting Science Group and Dixon Technologies announced one of their first joint products: A high-performance, omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent A19 LED bulb that retails for under $15. According to the company, “The newly announced bulb fits perfectly into existing screw-in light sockets and creates a clean, bright light level equivalent to a conventional 60-watt incandescent bulb using 85% less electricity.” At a price point below $15, the payback period from electricity savings over a traditional incandescent bulb is only 8 months. Currently, the majority of 60W LEDs retail in the $40 range. At less than $15, this new LED bulb is priced closer to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) but uses 35% less electricity and contains no mercury. The companies confirm this new technology will go on to power a full line of products, including street lights, outdoor and industrial light fixtures and replacement bulbs. The new LED bulb will be available in India by the end of the year and sold worldwide by early next year. Image source: Lighting Science Group / PR Newswire. LSG press release .
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During a webcast organized by GreenBiz.com this week, representatives from the US Department of Energy and Underwriters Laboratories walked through the details of the just-released energy management standard, and how companies can get on board, quickly.
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Comments Off on First Takes: Budget Cuts May Kill Gov’t Green Spending, China’s Climate Strategy, & More
Automakers agree to 54.5 mpg by 2025; budget cuts likely to doom green government spending; China moves forward with climate change strategy, and more …
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Comments Off on Climate Corps 2011: Taking the Temperature of Hospitals’ HVAC
After a successful lighting retrofit study at Hospital Corporation of America last year, an EDF Climate Corps fellow seeks a way to more efficiently heat and cool medical facilities and warehouses.
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The first World Green Forum in Hong Kong earlier this summer highlighted the ways that the United States and China are starting to cooperate on economic and environmental issues.
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Photo credit: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr /CC BY During Chris Christie’s 2009 campaign for governor, he boasted that he would be the state’s “number one clean energy advocate”. And ever since then, he’s courageously done everything in his power to … become precisely the opposite
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Comments Off on Clever But Creepy Tree-Climbing Robot Mimics Inchworms (Video)
Image via YouTube video A new robot takes inchworms as inspiration for navigating its way up trees of any type, texture or diameter. And the Treebot really does look like an inchworm as it finds a new hold on a tree’s surface