There have been a lot of changes with funding for a variety of programs since Trump administration has been in office.
One U.S. EPA climate change effort that has supposedly survived the fiscal 2018 budget proposal is a program to track greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, factories, power plants and other sources. If Congress approves this proposal it will be among the last of the government’s substantive federal climate initiatives.
According to Kevin Kennedy, deputy director for the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute it is extremely important to pull the data together and do it in a consistent way.
This approved program collects emission data for carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, along with other greenhouse gases, from more than 8,000 major emitters across the economy, including some power plants and refineries. This data is then passed along to members of the industry, researchers, state and local governments, and the public to better understand emissions and inform opportunities while communicating progress of actions.
The United States is required to produce inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks by the United Nations Framwork Convention on Climate Change treaty which was endorsed in 1992. While this inventory is specifically mandatory under international law, the requested funding of $8.5 million for implementing the program would go to making revisions to data collection and release.