08 Apr '11, 5pm

7 ways a government shutdown will hurt the environment

During a government shutdown, federal law enforcement agents continue to work, but what about the people tasked with protecting the environment? Yeah, they all go home. Here's how things will go down if our leaders can't come to an agreement over the nation's uteruses: 1. No more environmental protection Non-essential EPA employees will be furloughed. This includes the ones who clean up Superfund sites. 2. No more climate research NASA, NOAA, NSF -- all those scientific bodies that are studying that thing that Republicans think isn't happening anyway? They will shut down. Grants will go un-examined, contractors will be forced into other jobs, and small-time firms that sell their services and wares to these bodies could go out of business. 3. National Parks will shut down and protection of natural areas will lapse The first Clinton-era shutdown led to closure of 368 nationa...

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