By Alicia Powe
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.
WASHINGTON – President Trump is right to use his first federal budget to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the cornerstones of Obama’s climate change strategy, says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., because the EPA is being used as a tool by the left to kill free enterprise and destroy capitalism.
The White House submitted a “skinny budget” to Congress Thursday, calling for a 31 percent, or $2.5 billion, cut to EPA funding and reducing its workforce by 3,200 employees. The budget would save $100 million in fiscal 2018 by discontinuing funding for climate-change research and international climate-change programs.
The EPA, Inhofe told WND on Thursday, was set up to provide legitimate oversight of the environment but has been hijacked by big-government liberals and Marxists.
“The biggest problem that we’ve had in this country has emanated from the Environmental Protection Agency,” the Oklahoma senator said. “The Clean Air Act, it came out of that committee, and the amendments on that were in 1999 and they’ve been extremely successful. But then, with the Obama administration, he got away from that and started worrying about how he can regulate things that the American people don’t want – the thing that President Obama did was try to pass things to regulations that he couldn’t get [through] legislation. He couldn’t get them through legislation because the people at home would not tolerate it.”
President Trump already has taken the first step toward killing the controversial “waters of the United States” (a.k.a. WOTUS) rule, the Obama administration’s landmark orders that give EPA regulatory authority over any ditch, pond or watering hole in a farm field. WOTUS stirred up angst and uncertainty in farm country, which viewed the rule as an overreach, overregulation and a power grab by the EPA.
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