12 Apr '11, 9pm

Budget battle torpedo NOAA Climate Service

The continuing resolution that would fund the government through the end of September would block funding for a new National Climate Service and any new catch-share fishery programs — the two keystone efforts from NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. Details of the resolution were announced early this morning…. If lawmakers include similar language in fiscal 2012 spending bill, it could halt the effort to create the new agency, which would be akin to the National Weather Service. The idea for a climate service first arose during the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, but House Republican leadership expressed concern it would compromise science for politics. NOAA officials have said the new climate service would not change federal science but would merely centralize it so people could get the most benefit from the data gathered. The agency announced its plans t...

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