Donald’s proposed deep cuts to NOAA satellite operations will make weather forecasting less reliable and run counter to Donald’s goal of “rebuilding” the military.According to the Washington Post, Donald is considering deep cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of his proposed budget. The anonymous sources upon which the Post based their article cautioned that the exact details of which programs would get cut and by how much would likely change, but the relative magnitudes of the reported cuts provide some insight into Donald’s thinking:
- a 17% overall cut to NOAA
- a 5% cut to the National Marine Fisheries Service
- a 5% cut to the National Weather Service
- a 22% cut to the satellite data division
- a 26% cut to the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (the office most responsible for climate research)
- an unspecified large percentage cut to the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), which likely spans the prior two large cuts.
Based on these numbers, we can surmise that Donald doesn’t want to impact weather forecasting (which is important to literally everyone), wants to maintain the fishing industry, but wants to cut most climate science and government-funded research out of NOAA. The problem is that it’s not going to work. Continue reading