The Trump administration has proposed eliminating nearly $1.6 billion in international programs aimed at promoting green energy and fighting global warming.
That includes providing no funding to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF), which hands out money for programs to adapt or mitigate global warming.
The White House said this proposal is in line with President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “cease payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs.” The budget “fulfills that pledge,” according to budget documents.
The Obama administration gave nearly $1 billion to the GCF in 2016. The Trump administration proposed eliminating that funding, along with zeroing out funding for three other climate programs.
The budget also withdraws funding for the Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund for a savings of $239 million. It would also stop funding the Global Climate Change Initiative, saving taxpayers $362 million.
“America must put the energy needs of American families and businesses first and continue implementing a plan that ensures energy security and economic vitality for decades to come, including by promoting development of the Nation’s vast energy resources,” White House budget documents read.
Trump promised to “cancel” UN global warming payments while on the campaign trail. Trump also promised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, which the Obama administration joined in 2016.
“We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars. We don’t even know who’s doing what with the money,” Trump said in November.
Trump’s budget makes good on that promise, and Congress is likely to go along with these cuts.
On the other hand, Trump has yet to make a decision on whether or not he’ll keep his promise to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
The White House is split on the issue. European governments and multinational corporations have lobbied the administration to stay in the Paris agreement, which they say may fall apart without U.S. involvement.
Trump is expected to make a decision on Paris this week.
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