PRESIDENT CLINTON'S FY 2001 BUDGET:
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
February 7, 2000
President Clinton is proposing a record $42.5 billion in FY 2001 to protect
our natural resources, our communities and families, and the global environment.
The proposed environment budget represents an 11 percent increase over FY 2000
and a 36 percent increase over FY 1993. It includes major initiatives to preserve
America's lands legacy, combat global warming, protect tropical forests,
end childhood lead poisoning, and build more livable communities.
A Permanent Lands Legacy for America. In
FY 2000, the President secured $652 million, a 42 percent increase for his Lands
Legacy initiative. For FY 2001, the President is proposing $1.4 billion, the
largest one-year investment ever in conserving America's land and coastal
resources. In addition, the President is proposing a new, protected budget category
to preserve this higher level of funding in future years. More than half this
dedicated funding would be used to support state and local conservation efforts.
For FY 2001, the President proposes:
Helping Communities Protect Wildlife and Open Space -- $521 million,
almost four times current funding, to help state, local, and tribal governments
protect wildlife and local green spaces. Priorities include protecting threatened
farmland, working forests, wetlands, and urban parks. This includes a new $100
million grant program to help states protect non-game wildlife.
Saving Natural and Historic Treasures -- $450 million, a 7 percent increase,
for federal acquisition and protection of critical lands, including: wildlife-rich
bayous in the Lower Mississippi Delta, giant sequoias in California's Sierra
Nevada, Civil War battlefields, the historic Lewis and Clark trail, fragile
Southern California desert, and the Florida Everglades.
Providing Special Assistance to Coastal Areas -- $429 million, a 159
percent increase, to protect ocean and coastal resources, including $100 million
for a new program to help coastal states address environmental impacts of existing
offshore oil and gas development, and $100 million to help state, local and
tribal efforts to restore coastal salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
Meeting the Challenge of Global Warming.
The President is proposing $2.4 billion a 42 percent increase --
to combat global climate change, and $1.7 billion for scientific research into
factors influencing climate and the likely consequences of global warming. Highlights
Promoting Clean Energy at Home and Abroad -- $289 million to develop
technologies that convert crops and other biomass into clean fuels
and other products; and over $200 million, a 105 percent increase, to promote
the export of clean energy technologies to developing nations.
Moving New Technology into the Marketplace -- $201 million (and a total
of $4 billion over five years) in tax credits for the purchase of energy-efficient
cars, homes, and appliances, and for the production of wind, solar, and biomass
Advancing Clean Energy Research -- $1.4 billion, a 30 percent increase,
to develop and deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for
the buildings, transportation, industry and utility sectors; and to research
coal and natural gas efficiencies and carbon sequestration.
Helping Local Clean Air Efforts $85 million for a new Clean Air
Partnership Fund for state and local projects that reduce both greenhouse gases
and air pollutants like soot and smog.
Protecting Forests and Biodiversity Around
the World. The President is proposing
$150 million for a new Greening the Globe initiative to help stem the loss of
forests worldwide especially tropical forests, which support more than
half the known species on earth. The initiative will help developing nations
strengthen their economies by preserving their forests. It includes:
Targeted Conservation Investments -- $100 million, a 60-percent increase,
for programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that help
more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America conserve their forests
and other natural areas.
Debt-for-Nature Swaps -- $37 million, almost three times current funding,
to relieve developing countries of debt owed to the United States when they
commit to invest in forest conservation.
Research and Wildlife Protections $10 million to protect wildlife
habitat and research causes and prevention of forest fires; $3 million to protect
endangered elephants, tigers, and rhinos.
Monitoring Forest Loss from Space A new program led by USAID and
NASA to compile the first comprehensive satellite maps of the world's tropical
forests, and to work with national and international partners to regularly monitor
and report on future changes in forest cover.
Building Livable Communities. The President
is proposing $9.3 billion, a 14 percent increase, for the Administration's
Livable Communities initiative, which helps communities grow in ways that enhance
their quality of life and ensure strong, sustainable economic growth. Priorities
Community Transportation Choices -- $9.1 billion to help ease traffic
congestion, including a record $6.3 billion for light rail and other transit
systems; $1.6 billion for innovative local programs that ease congestion while
reducing air pollution; and $468 million for an expanded passenger rail fund.
Better America Bonds -- $700 million in tax credits over five years to
fund $10.75 billion in new bond authority for state, tribal, local investments
to save green space, create or restore urban parks, protect water quality, and
clean up brownfields.
Crime Data Sharing -- $125 million for grants to state and local governments
to improve public safety through data sharing and the use of advanced crime-solving
Smart Growth Partnerships -- $25 million to promote strategic regional
smart growth planning in urban and rural communities.
Protecting Children From Lead Poisoning. The President is proposing
$165 million to launch a 10-year strategy to end childhood lead poisoning by
eliminating lead hazards, strengthening enforcement, advancing research, and
improving health monitoring and intervention. FY 2001 priorities include:
Making Homes Lead-Safe -- $120 million, a 50 percent increase, for grants
and other Housing and Urban Development efforts to reduce lead paint hazards
in low-income homes with children under six.
Increased Enforcement -- $6 million for the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Department of Justice to increase public education and enforcement
of lead-disclosure rules.
Promoting Conservation on the Farm.
The President is proposing $3 billion, a $1.3 billion increase over currently
authorized levels, for voluntary programs that help farmers protect water quality
and wildlife habitat. A new $600 million Conservation Security Program would
provide additional income to family farmers who adopt comprehensive plans to
curb erosion and protect water supplies from polluted runoff. Other proposed
increases would expand efforts to restore habitat, preserve streamside buffer
zones, and protect farmland threatened by sprawl.
Restoring the Great Lakes. The President
is proposing a new $50 million initiative to help state and local governments
restore polluted areas of concern in the Great Lakes so they can
be used for fishing, swimming, boating and urban redevelopment. Matching grants
could be used to clean up contaminated sediments, control stormwater, restore
wetlands, acquire greenways and buffers, and control polluted runoff. State
or local governments would provide at least 40 percent of project costs, resulting
in a total investment of more than $80 million.
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