23 May '11, 11am

GOP cut crucial weather satellites with fierce hurricane season looming

GOP cut crucial weather satellites with fierce hurricane season looming

GOP cut crucial weather satellites with fierce hurricane season looming May 23, 2011 Climate Progress reported in March that NOAA said GOP’s proposed satellite funding cuts could halve accuracy of precipitation forecasts . CAP’s Kiley Kroh updates the story in this cross-post . Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans decided accurate weather forecasting and hurricane tracking were services the American people could live without . The GOP-sponsored 2011 spending bill slashed the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, slashing $700 million targeted for an overhaul of the nation’s aging environmental satellite system. NOAA scientists have stated unequivocally the existing satellites will fail and if they aren’t replaced, the agency’s ability to provide life-saving information to the American people will be compromised . Jane Lubchenco, NOAA admin...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/23/gop-cut-crucial-wea...

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