Sequester May Bring Environmental Layoffs, Regulation Shortfalls

"The federal budget sequester took effect on March 1 with a number of likely environmental impacts. With $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade and $85 billion through the end of the fiscal year in September, layoffs and difficulties in enforcing the nation's environmental regulations are expected."

"The National Parks Service is slated to lose over $100 million, which, according to Mother Jones, would also cost local economies millions of dollars in economic activity.

Disaster relief funding will also be impacted, explains Mother Nature Network. The White House said that funding for firefighting, along with state and local emergency management positions will be cut."

Huffington Post had the story March 1, 2013.


"US Stocks: Futures begin March lower as sequester looms" (Reuters)

"Sequestration Would Cut U.S. Science Budgets By 8.2%, White House Estimates" (Science Insider)

"The Climate Post: Looming Sequester Has Implications for National Weather Forecasting, Energy" (Huffington Post/Tim Profeta)

"6 Ways the Sequester Will Mess Up the Environment" (Mother Jones)

"Sequester Effects On Environment: Spending Cuts Could Wreak Havoc On Science And Public Health" (MNN/Russell McClendon)

"Spending Cuts: What Does the Sequester Mean for Energy?" (Christian Science Monitor)

"Sequester Spending Cuts Will Hurt the Environment" (ENS)

"Sequester Would Cut Funding for Environment and Energy" (WBEZ)

"Many Steps to Be Taken When ‘Sequester’ Is Law" (New York Times)

Source: Huffington Post, 03/01/2013