America’s environment – the air, water, and land shared by all Americans – is vital to the American economy. The values of clean, drinkable water and breathable air are valued in the trillions of dollars. Improvements to clean air and water laws have saved further billions of dollars by cutting down on health care costs. The $646 billion spent for outdoor recreation that generates $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and 12 million U.S. jobs.
Yet the programs that protect these benefits are a small fraction (1.26%) of the overall federal government – returning value far beyond their costs. Allowing these programs to take a 5% cut from the budget sequester will threaten billions of dollars of economic activity and threaten the health and welfare of millions of Americans.
This report, Losing Our Heritage: Budget Cuts and Our Environment outlines the damage that budget cuts known as the "sequester" will have on environmental programs. It also includes a list of outdated and unnecessary tax breaks and other expenditures that can eliminated to avoid cuts to the environment.
Losing Our Heritage Budget Cut Impacts and our Environment