08 Jul '11, 4pm

Oceans Suffer Under Republican Budget Vision

Yesterday, House Republicans passed an appropriations bill through subcommittee that, if signed into law, would severely retard efforts to protect our oceans, coasts and communities. Rather than engaging in sensible budget trimming, the Republican appropriators are seeking a 19% cut below what the Obama Administration believes is necessary to fund the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The bad news is that this cut will be mostly absorbed by programs that affect our oceans and coasts because the approved spending bill would actually increase funding for satellites essential to weather forecasting, and would fully fund the National Weather Service. That means the programs that NOAA runs that relate to ocean health will bear the brunt of the machete-like cuts. Programs like managing commercial fisheries, protecting endangered species like whales and sea ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rnelson/oceans_suffer_u...

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