Friday, March 03, 2017

Parashat T'rumah, 5777/2017 thoughts. Some construct, others deconstruct

In this Torah reading, we're building.  Check out the linked post and the linked previous ones about the making of the Mishkan (Wilderness Sanctuary).

In this country, we're destroying

- The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination. In addition to cutting staffing by 20 percent, Reuters learned some other specifics:
* Grants to states for lead cleanup would be cut 30 percent to $9.8 million.
* Grants to help Native American tribes deal with pollution would be cut 30 percent to $45.8 million.
* An EPA climate protection program on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming would be cut 70 percent to $29 million.
* The brownfields industrial site cleanup program would be cut by 42 percent to $14.7 million.
* Funding for enforcing pollution laws would be cut by 11 percent to $153 million.

As President Trump would say, "Sad."


Blogger Jeanne Barrack said...

But let's spend more money on the Defense budget...>(
Very sad....

Fri Mar 03, 05:32:00 PM 2017  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Yes, let's, because being able to kill more people and destroy more places is much more important that saving people (with good and affordable healthcare for all) and preserving the planet (quoth she sarcastically).

Tue Mar 07, 05:18:00 PM 2017  

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