Joe Henderson: Deep budget cuts to NOAA? Of course! – Florida … – Florida Politics (blog)
Memo to all Florida coastal residents: You might want to stock up on canned goods, rafts, and life vests. There’s a big wind comin’ out of Washington and it is aimed right at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – you know it better as NOAA – and this state we all call home.
The Miami Herald reported that President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget slashes funding for the climate research budget at NOAA by 37 percent.
It also cuts the National Weather Service budget by six percent.
Of course it does. With apologies to Bob Dylan, we don’t need a weatherman to know which way this wind is blowing.
Why spend money icky things like trying to save Florida and other states from the ravages of climate change? It’s much easier to dismiss the science behind all that as junk when you’ve cut out most of the science.
What’s next? Blaming the rising sea levels already being felt in some coastal areas on a leaky faucet?
Maybe someone should have warned the president that cutting storm research like this is a bad idea because his prized Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach could be in the path of one of the monster storms like we had last summer.
Bring up this curious lack of awareness about the planet we occupy the next time your Republican friend turns red in the face and screams that the party is NOT anti-science.
Ask them to explain why spending $18 billion on a border wall in the name of security makes sense but combating the verifiable threat of climactic catastrophe is dismissed as wasteful.
This might be a good time to remind the president that he won Florida’s 29 electoral votes in 2016 by just 1.2