Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Starve the NOAA

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Starve the NOAA

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An editorial from Bloomberg View

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is just one of many federal agencies marked for drastic funding reductions to enable a big boost in military spending. But the cuts proposed for America's center of weather and climate research reveal alarming pitfalls in President Donald Trump's approach to budgeting: a reluctance to invest in the future, a disregard for science and a willingness to damage a well-functioning government operation for a minimal pay-off.

NOAA is set to lose almost $1 billion, a crippling 17 percent hit. Cuts would be especially deep to divisions that work on climate modeling, which recently demonstrated that there's been no slowdown in the relentless pace of global warming.

But even those who question the human contribution to climate change should recognize the need to carefully monitor climate patterns and carbon levels in the air and oceans. …

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