Gallery: What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment


After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on appropriations bills for the coming year. That means the federal government has effectively shut down for the foreseeable future, closing all non-essential government agencies, sending home an estimated 1.2 million federal employees, and potentially delaying paychecks for the remaining workers kept on staff. The shutdown will also stymie climate research, close all national parks, and reduce the EPA’s workforce by 93.5%. Read on to learn what the US government shutdown means for the environment.

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  1. roamer October 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Mayer, just a reminder; this is NOT a disagreement on the budget – it is an attempt to stop the affordable health care act, which has already been debated, voted on, passed, and signed into law. This is, in my opinion, a terrorist act by a few very misguided individuals. It is the opposite of Democracy. There are much more important effects than the ones you mentioned, causing real pain and perhaps death to our fellow men and women. I share your hope for a quick end to this.

  2. Mayer Dahan October 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    We can all only hope that the US Government will come to an agreement fast. There are far too many people that will be negatively affected by this disagreement on the budget. Because of this failure to decide, we as a nation are losing more money, tourism will decline, and still the issue remains at hand.

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