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The Environmental Protection Agency and global warming programs government-wide stand to lose big in the battle over the federal budget.

The House already passed its bill to fund the federal government for the rest of this year, and it doesn’t just cut EPA programs — it also steamrolls the Obama administration‘s environmental policy.

Taking Aim At Government Climate Programs

It was one of a cascade of amendments to block EPA initiatives such as restoring the Chesapeake Bay and Florida Everglades, and cleaning up coal ash waste and mountaintop coal mining.

House Republicans also took aim at climate change programs across the government. Many new House Republicans deny what scientists widely accept: Climate change will have catastrophic consequences, and people are a significant cause of it because they burn fossil fuels.

During the House debate, a new Republican member from Kansas, Mike Pompeo, led a drive to slash funding for an EPA program that makes businesses report their greenhouse gas pollution.

“I can attest to you that this greenhouse gas registry will destroy jobs in Kansas. It will increase the costs of manufacturing for every Kansas airplane manufacturer, and it will increase the cost of energy for every Kansas family,” said Pompeo, who formerly ran an oil field services company and founded an aerospace business.

Some of the biggest EPA reductions would come in projects to update water treatment and sewage systems. Rep. Donna Edwards, a Democrat from Maryland, tried but failed to talk colleagues out of these cuts.

“Just last month out in my district, in a cold winter morning not far from Capitol Hill, a 54-inch water main broke, created massive destruction, overturned cars, destroyed businesses and left residents like me without safe drinking water for days,” Edwards said.

The Senate has yet to lay out its strategy, but Sen. Boxer says her colleagues won’t approve the House bill because it goes too far.

“And it means dirty air, dirty water,” she said. “It means more mercury in the air. It means more soot getting into our lungs. This is serious business.”

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