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Unformatted text preview: ee-week extension of government spending, the GOP, apparently not content with the depth of its evisceration, upped the ante by voting to cut an additional $115 million from NOAA’s Acquisition account. As we wrote in February after the initial cuts passed the House: At least an 18-month gap in coverage will be unavoidable without adequate funding for new polarorbiting satellites this year. More troubling, taking an acquisition program offline and then restarting the process at a later date would lead to cost increases of as much as three to five times the amount the government would have to spend for the same product today. So here’s the choice: Spend $700 million this year for continuous service or $2 billion to $3.5 billion at some point in the future for the same equipment and a guaranteed service interruption. The tragic events in Japan serve as the most recent reminder that betting against Mother Nature is a losing proposition, yet House Republicans seem intent on insisting they can protect Americans without adequate information. They know the hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods are coming. Apparently we simply can’t afford to know when. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 153 Mercury Politics Tornado Detection – Unpopular – House Plan unpopular – budget debate proves Dudzik, Fox News, 2-19-11 (Kelly, “National Weather Service faces big cuts” Fox News,, accessed June 21, 2011, EJONES) The National Weather Service faces a severe budget cut and rolling blackouts. Offices across the country, including ours in North Little Rock, would close for 27 days in a row if proposed federal cuts go through. Right now, the U.S. House wants the National Weather Service to cut $126 million, or thirty-percent, of its budget by the end of June. Each office would shut down for 27 days and furlough employees who now worry people could lose their lives if they can't warn you before severe weather strikes. "During severe weather and tornadoes, seconds save lives," says National Weather Service union steward Dan Koch. But, this year, 22 National Weather Service offices at a time could shut down for 27 days in a row in the middle of severe weather season. "There's not going to be anyone here whatsoever," says Koch. Koch, and the National Weather Service, send out the warnings before severe weather hits. Now, Koch fears a furlough could be deadly. "Of course we're concerned about our own checks, but the public safety is huge. That's what we're all here for," he says. Memphis would cover North Little Rock during the blackout. "We really don't know what is going to happen. Is the phone going to ring and ring and ring? Are they going to get a busy signal? Are they going to get a recording to call Memphis?" he says. And, if anything breaks? "If the radar were to go down, someone from Memphis would have to get in the car, driv...
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