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White House calls climate change efforts waste of money

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:37 PM
Copies of US President Donald Trump's first budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington. Trump unveiled a US$1.15 trillion budget on Thursday.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the Trump administration is cutting spending for climate change efforts because "we consider that to be a waste of your money."

Mulvaney says: "I think the president is fairly straightforward. We're not spending money on that."

President Donald Trump has often called climate change a "hoax" and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. Trump's proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 per cent — nearly one-third — and eliminate more than 3,200 jobs.

The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the State Department's Global Climate Change Initiative and the UN Green Climate Fund, which help developing nations address climate change.