Destructive or Merely a Shift in Focus? What Trump’s Budget Plan Means for Clean Energy

By [email protected] President Trump unveiled a controversial budget blueprint last week that seeks to boost defense spending by $54 billion, and slash non-defense spending by the same amount — affecting several key clean energy programs.

The Environmental Protection Agency would see the biggest budget cuts of any government agency under Trump’s plan, falling by 31 percent or $2.6 billion. As a result, the EPA would have to shed approximately 3,200 of its 15,000 employees.

The proposed budget also “discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts,” according to the blueprint.

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