by TobyToons

Yes, it’s true that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has essentially managed to avoid a House GOP-driven bill to strip it of all real power, but that doesn’t mean that the nation’s foremost governmental environmental body isn’t about to face massive challenges. Under the “budget” (and we use that term loosely) agreement that came out this month, the EPA is about to experience significant budget cuts that will have an impact on clean air and water programs across the nation.

The spending bill, which will determine government spending until September, revealed a sixteen percent cut to the EPA’s budget. So while the GOP couldn’t strip the EPA of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, it effectively made it harder for it to do so by giving it less money. Much less money. Compared to 2010, the EPA will operate on $1.49 billion dollars less for the fiscal year that runs until the end of September.

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