Gov’t Spends $27 Billion Annually On Global Warming — How Much Will Trump Cut?

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President-elect Donald Trump said he’s looking to cut back federal global warming programs, which he claims are hurting U.S. competitiveness.

He’s got a lot of work ahead of him: Federal agencies plan to spend $27 billion on global warming-related programs next year.

The White House reported to House Republicans that 18 federal agencies combined spent about $22 billion on global warming activities in 2013, but defined global warming much more narrowly than the agencies themselves.

Federal agencies want to spend $12 billion on global warming programs in 2017, according to Salon, but the left-wing news site only factored in six of 18 agencies with such programs. The government plans to spend closer to $27 billion on global warming.

The Department of Energy planned to spend $8.5 billion next year on global warming-related research on energy efficiency, basic science and energy research.

The Department of the Interior would have spent another $1.1 billion supporting climate research, teaching students about global warming, and managing landscapes for “climate resilience.”

The Department of State plans to spend $1 billion on global warming programs, and EPA wants to spent about $1.1 billion as well.

The National Science Foundation dedicates about $1 billion of its 2017 budget to global warming. Other agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spend more than a hundred million dollars on global warming, which ultimately accounted for about $12 billion reported by Salon.

NASA’s budget includes more than $2 billion for global warming and earth science, which is specifically allocated to improve climate modeling, weather prediction and natural hazard mitigation.

In comparison, NASA’s other functions, such as astrophysics and space technology, are only getting a mere $781.5 and $826.7 million, respectively, in the 2017 budget proposal.

President Barack Obama sent first $500 million of a $3 billion pledge to United Nation’s Green Climate Fund in March. The fund is supposed to help countries fight global warming.

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