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EPA will not give awards to companies that care about nature

Staff Writer |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will no longer sponsor an awards program honoring voluntary corporate actions to combat global warming.

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Since 2012, the EPA has been the lead sponsor of the Climate Leadership Awards program and conference, which recognizes companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their internal operations and supply chains.

Under Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, the EPA has moved to undo dozens of Obama-era climate regulations in what it says is an effort to ease the regulatory burden on energy and agriculture companies.

In the Trump administration's budget proposal for 2018, the EPA was the target of the largest cut - 31 percent - a figure that Republican and Democratic lawmakers opposed.

The EPA did not explain why it is eliminating the awards program, but apologized for the inconvenience of its announcement in the middle of the award application process, Reuters reports. The awards were to be given out in Denver between February 28 and March 2, 2018.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that we don’t plan to fund an awards ceremony on climate change,” said Jahan Wilcox, EPA spokesman. The agency spent $24,950 per year on sponsorship, plus travel and staff time for those managing the awards.

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