OMB Director Mulvaney destroys reporter on climate change budget question

politics | May 25, 2017 | By Martin Barillas

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Tuesday at a White House press conference that President Trump’s proposed budget seeks to get away from “crazy stuff” among the many programs he inherited from the Obama administration. 
 
When asked by a reporter if the budget seeks to eliminate climate change programs as wasteful spending, Mulvaney replied: "You tell me. I think the National Science Foundation used your taxpayer money last year to fund a climate change musical." Mulvaney then asked, "Do you think that is a waste of your money?" When the reporter didn't respond immediately, Mulvaney said, "I'll take that as a yes."
 
When the reporter asked about climate science funding, Mulvaney responded, “What I think you saw happen during the previous administration is the pendulum swing too far to one side, where we were spending too much of your money on climate change. And not very efficiently." 
 
Earlier in the exchange, Mulvaney explained during the briefing when he released Trump’s proposal, "We are simply trying to get things back in order to where we can look at the folks that pay taxes and say look, we want to do some climate science but we aren't going to do some of the crazy stuff that the previous administration did."
 
Among the provisions in the fiscal 2018 budget is that the Environmental Protection Agency budget will eliminate funds for reporting on greenhouse gas emissions that some scientists blame for causing global warming. The EPA budget would also cut funding from the air and radiation office by almost 70 percent. During the Obama administration, the office regularly issued environmental regulations
 
Mulvaney said, however, that the proposed budget does not "get rid of it [climate funding]" completely. "Do we target it? Sure. Are a lot of the EPA reductions aimed at reducing the focus on climate science? Yes. Does it mean we are anti-science? Absolutely not."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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