New Federal Spending Proposal Halts Crucial Wildlife Funding
Appropriators take an axe to vital public lands, wildlife conservation and public health programs while continuing to subsidize Big Oil.
The House Appropriations Committee this week passed its fiscal year
2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. According to the National Wildlife Federation's Adam
Kolton, "the policy riders and extreme cuts in this proposal mark a
radical departure from America's longstanding national commitment to protecting
the air we breathe and the water we drink. Our families will bear the costs,
while polluters will reap the profits."
The bill slashes investments for agencies charged with providing clean water,
protecting public health, and safeguarding wildlife. This includes an 18% cut in
investments for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a 7% cut in
investments for the Department of Interior.
In addition to these deep cuts, harmful provisions tacked onto the bill seek
- Endanger the survival of countless species of wildlife, fish and
plants by cutting of all investments to list endangered
species or provide listed species with "critical habitat."
- Rollback pending protections for river otters, cutthroat trout,
waterfowl and other species by blocking the EPA's effort to restore Clean Water
Act protections for millions of acres of wetlands, lakes, and streams.
- Put the health of people and wildlife at risk by
hamstringing the EPA's court-ordered responsibility to control
carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries for one
- Threaten polar
bears, seals, walruses and other Arctic species by pushing aside
the federal Clean Air Act permitting process to allow Shell Oil to rush forward
with "exploratory drilling" in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off of Alaska's
- Threaten salamanders and other freshwater species by
blocking environmental regulations of mountaintop-removal
- Allow coal ash to pollute groundwater by preventing the EPA
from regulating the toxic substance as a hazardous waste under the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act.
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