21 Nov '11, 4pm

No National Climate Service for you, says Congress:

Can Congress say no to an innocuous, zero-cost request for a government agency to reorganize itself so that it contains a National Climate Service? The answer -- in our anti-science, post-truth, batshit crazy America -- is yes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wanted to create what it calls a "one stop shop" for climate information, which is more in demand than ever. Farmers are wondering when to plant. Urban planners want to know whether groundwater will stop flowing under subdivisions. Insurance companies need climate data to help them set rates. But because climate change is still "controversial" to the 0.001% of the population that is employed as members of Congress, all those taxpaying Americans can shove it. You want to know whether Manhattan will have to spend billions on flood barriers to prevent the inundation of America's most iconic city? Ha! ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-21-no-national-climate-...

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