House Republicans have approved a $410 million reduction for NOAA. Basically, this would severely hinder the ability to provide early warnings of natural disasters, which we know is one of the most important aspects of mitigation. The proposal includes a lack of funding for important satellites that NOAA is expecting to replace. Other specific worries include tsunami-monitoring sites in Hawaii and Alaska.
This is ridiculous! Republicans say that NOAA may choose what programs they reduce, so it wouldn’t have to be about weather safety. But that is a HUGE amount of money to cut. I just can’t imagine this having real impact on us. The article states that Republicans have been going after NOAA ever since their research has expanded into climate change. It’s really interesting to see mitigation become a political issue in this sense. What do you guys think?