Budget Director: Trump Isn't Spending Money on Climate Change Because It's a Waste of Money

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Mar 17, 2017 10:00 AM
Budget Director: Trump Isn't Spending Money on Climate Change Because It's a Waste of Money

Speaking to reporters yesterday from the White House briefing room, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was asked about the elimination of funding for climate change research in President Trump's budget. Mulvaney didn't mince words with his answer. 

"Part of your answer is focusing on efficiencies and focusing on doing what we do better. As to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward saying we’re not spending money on that anymore," Mulvaney said. "We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign.”

Additionally, President Trump plans to cut at least 3000 positions from the Environmental Protection Agency, which the administration believes has grossly overstepped its regulatory authority in recent years. 

Meanwhile, the administration is also considering pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement after reports surfaced government scientists cooked the books to convince the Obama administration to sign on. The agreement costs American taxpayers more than $500 million and was committed to without Congressional approval.