President Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017, the beginning of Hurricane Season. The irony is that the government has already concluded, based on scientific research, that the "intensity, frequency, and duration of North Atlantic hurricanes, as well as the frequency of the strongest hurricanes, have all increased since the early 1980s. Hurricane intensity and rainfall are projected to increase as the climate continues to warm." This conclusion, by the federal interagency National Climate Assessment, also determined that the "meticulous" evidence "tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming, and over the last half century, this warming has been driven primarily by human activity." As the Assessment also noted, "Certain types of extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense, including prolonged periods of heat, heavy downpours, and, in some regions, floods and droughts. In addition, warming is causing sea level to rise and glaciers and Arctic sea ice to melt, and oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. These and other aspects of climate change are disrupting people’s lives and damaging some sectors of our economy."
Although President Trump is equivocating on the Paris Climate Accord, multiple federal agencies have recognized the near-unanimous opinion of climate scientists that climate change is real and mostly man-made. NASA confirms on its website that "multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities." NASA's tremendous climate change site may be found here. Before the current administration re-evaluated the Environmental Protection Agency's website, the EPA website acknowledged that "research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming." While the EPA has removed this information from its current website, it may be accessed at the link above, or preserved on the website of the City of Chicago. The U.S. Global Change Research Program further confirms the cause and severity of climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress “assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.” According to the USGCRP, "evidence from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans, collected by scientists and engineers from around the world, tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming, and over the last half century, this warming has been driven primarily by human activity—predominantly the burning of fossil fuels." Notwithstanding this overwhelming consensus, President Trump revoked many executive orders from the previous administration.
You can view President Trump's proposed budget plan here. The budget plan is billed as "A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again." The path this blueprint charts includes cutting funding for the Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public and the environment, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which consumed 0.012 percent of 2016 federal expenditures. The proposed budget also eliminates funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Also set to lose federal funding is the Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Legal Services Corporation provides funding to 133 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. The proposed budget also cuts funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, which only receives $148 million from the government, or .004 percent of federal spending. Almost half of the NEA budget goes to state arts programs. The budget also eliminates the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was established in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. Another program proposed for elimination is Sea Grant, a 50 year old government program whose mission is to provide research and education programs to coastal communities that lead to the responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. Last year, Sea Grant supported coastal communities and over 20,000 jobs.
More Americans believe the Democratic Party does a better job than the Republicans at the environment, health care, education and government spending. According to the respected Pew Research Center, almost 60 percent of Americans believe the Democrats better manage the environment. Additionally, the Democratic Party received better scores than the Republicans in health care, education, foreign policy, immigration and government spending.
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