Between 2008 and 2013, the Obama administration dispersed something like $77 billion in funding for climate programs across dozens of agencies.
There is no single list of those programs or their cost, because President Barack Obama sought to integrate climate programs into everything the federal government did.
The goal was to get all agencies to take climate into account, and also make those programs hard to disentangle or defund.
Trump has called climate change a hoax, but he and his people are going to have to work hard to even find all the spending Obama built into federal agencies.
For one thing, they didn’t always include “climate” in program names. For another, the reach is vast, stretching across the entire government.
Marc Morano, a former Republican staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, cited one whacky waste of money — a Department of Transportation study into the link between climate change and fatal car crashes.