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Unformatted text preview: nt to cut NASA climate studies, low political support Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/11 (Judy – Staff Writer and Member at Society of Environmental Journalists, The Salt Lake Tibrune, “Lawmakers push to cut NASA climate funding, boost manned space flight”, Lexis, 6/22/11) AC U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz of Utah want House budgetmakers to cut funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration spends on climate science and shift it to manned space programs. The Utah Republicans joined four House colleagues last week in a letter that said the $1.4 billion used for climate satellites and related NASA research should be spent instead on the manned space flight program, which Bishop said in a news release was "the purpose for which the agency was originally created." "If NASA's manned space program disappears, our nation will once again experience a 'Sputnik Moment,' " said Bishop, whose district includes ATK, an aerospace and defense company with a big presence in northern Utah. "Our country will again watch from the sidelines as countries like Russia, China and India charge ahead as leaders in space exploration and missile defense." The letter signed by Bishop, Chaffetz and four colleagues went last week to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf, R-Va. Under the Obama administration's 2012 budget, NASA's budget would be frozen at last year's levels, about $18.7 billion, for five years. Roughly $1.4 billion of the spending is for understanding how the planet works, including the satellites that monitor climate. The lawmakers called that spending part of the "excessive growth of climate change research" spanning several agencies. The federal government spent $8.7 billion on climate change programs in 2010. "Limited resources force us to make important decisions with regard to the objectives of all federal departments and agencies, including NASA," said Rep. Bill Posey of Florida. "NASA's primary purpose is human space exploration, and directing NASA funds to study global warming undermines our ability to maintain our competitive edge in human space flight." Alt Heads: Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 152 Mercury Politics Climate Satellites – Unpopular – GOP Republicans hate the plan – recent cuts prove Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy at American Progress, 3-17-11 (Michael, “House GOP Still Says Accurate Weather Forecasting and Hurricane Tracking are Luxuries America Can’t Afford”, Science Progress, http://www.scienceprogress.org/2011/03/house-gop-doubles-down-on-cuts-toweather-hurricane-and-climate-tracking/, accessed June 21, 2011, EJONES) Last month, CAP and Climate Progress reported on House Republicans’ shortsighted attempt to obliterate funding for new environmental monitoring satellites—the sole source of some data for weather and climate forecasters. On Tuesday, in its latest thr...
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