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Trump administration to remove climate change from NOAA’s priorities

According to one interpretation of a presentation by the Acting head of the Department of Commerce, the Trump administration to going to remove climate change from NOAA’s priorities.

Because of its work on climate science data collection and analysis, [NOAA] has become one of the most important American agencies for making sense of the warming planet. But that focus may shift, according to a slide presentation at a Department of Commerce meeting by Tim Gallaudet, the acting head of the agency.

In the presentation, which included descriptions of the past and present missions for the agency, the past mission listed three items, starting with “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.” In contrast, for the present mission, the word “climate” was gone, and the first line was replaced with “to observe, understand and predict atmospheric and ocean conditions.”

The presentation also included a new emphasis: “To protect lives and property, empower the economy, and support homeland and national security.”

The job of NOAA, if it should have any job at all, should always have been to make observations and collect data. The interpretation and predictions should be left to others. By inserting the issue of climate change into its core priorities the agency’s work was almost guaranteed to become distorted and corrupted by politics. And that is exactly what we have seen.

Expect this change to cause more howls from the left. Expect even more howls when this change forces the Trump administration to start to take a close look at NOAA’s data — something they have not yet done — and discovers the amount of unjustified tampering to it, all aimed at proving the existence of global warming.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • Phill O

    A step in the right direction.

    Canada’s federal government’s adherence to the AGW model is costing me over $10,000.00 to build a house. Add to that other increases of upwards to $40,000.00, this is why Canada is not a good place to invest right now.

    Even with all of Trump’s faults, he is looking pretty good to me!!!!

  • wodun

    They need to find jobs for the environmental “scientists” that colleges churn out. Not having all that government $$ makes it a lot harder to sustain the pipeline. Remove the perverse incentives from the system. Don’t hire activists to advocate on the people’s dime and don’t provide jobs for the student loan pipeline that funds educations without job markets.

    Collect the data and make it public for anyone to study.

  • Max

    I look forward to a scientific community that is free from bias, especially political bias. Where all science discoveries can be reproduced by anyone at anytime to confirm the conclusions. Where truth and facts are reliable, testable, actually factual.

    It would be great to pursue mystery’s for scientific knowledge rather than just money for my district, pork to buy votes with.
    Jimmy Carter started a multibillion-dollar enterprise “government funded” in Colorado to make sure we are never caught in energy crisis again. After 40 years, they are getting very close… Yes, very close. Just a few more billion dollars… Sound familiar?

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