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A wide slew of EPA programs could be under the knife to meet President Donald Trump’s budget proposal requirements. The proposal would cut the EPA’s budget by 24% and reduce its staffing by 20%. Some of the EPA’s most longstanding and best-known programs are facing potential elimination — including initiatives aimed at improving water and air quality as well as a number of regulations tasked with the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
This move by the Trump administration fails to fit any real ethical win, for the majority of the problems the EPA could face are problems the world needs addressed as soon as possible. According to Kant, “goodwill” is a good volition or intention — if it is rational. Upon doing something from duty vs. in accordance with duty is doing something because it is the right thing to do vs. doing the right thing because of some other inclination.
Trump’s administration claims that by cutting certain EPA programs helps the economy by cutting spending “on an office that runs up much cost”, while leaving room to put together a budget that calls for a more than $50 billion increase in defense spending. To “balance” that, they’ve proposed an equal cut to non-defense spending to counter. In any relationship to Kant’s goodwill, the Trump Administration seems to have none, for they are putting forth efforts that may sound necessary for one department (one that protects Americans solely) versus a department that protects the Earth we live on and affects all lives in the world (not just Americans).
The inclination for Trump’s Administration to administer such a drastic cut to the EPA is not for the betterment of society or that of the world as a whole. Our Department of Defense does need it’s upgrades, however we must address the more important of the two as to taking action in saving the world we live in. Otherwise, those new defense proposals won’t be used if we don’t have an Earth (very, very drastic comparison, but you get the point).