The plan also addressed a major source of climate change: oil and gas emissions. The proposal seeks to increase funding for the U.N. climate fund, renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs, and tighten regulation of oil and gas drilling. It also aims to increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency from $8.1 to $8.6 billion. Conservationists applauded the move.
"This budget is an important first step toward rebuilding the ability to protect our air, waters and lands and to continue to deal with climate change," Scott Slesinger, legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.