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Unformatted text preview: if the full amount is provided, the nation still risks a minimum one-year gap in weather satellite coverage Neither the House nor Senate has yet to take up a 2012 spending bill for NOAA. In May, the House Appropriations commerce, justice, science subcommittee — a 12-member panel drafting legislation to fund NOAA and NASA, among other agencies, for the year ahead — received a top-line budget allocation of $50.2 billion, an amount $3 billion below what it appropriated for 2011 and some $7 billion below the amount the White House is requesting. The Senate Appropriations Committee, which is expected to oppose many of the steep budget cuts advocated in the Republican-controlled House, has not released its top-line spending allocations. The letter notes the United States has seen a series of devastating weather events in 2011 , including 1,300 tornadoes across multiple states that have killed more than 500 people and caused more than $10 billion in property damage. The results of these storms would have been far worse without early warnings from polar-orbiting weather satellites, the letter said. “As we enter a predicted above-average hurricane season, we hope that the early warnings these satellites provide will continue to save lives, but we are concerned that lack of funding now will bring about unnecessary death and destruction in the future, when there are no accurate multi-day forecasts of severe weather,” they wrote. Polar-orbiting weather satellites also played a role in the planning of the May 1 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the letter says. Among those signing the June 17 letter were Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska); John Kerry (DMass.); Mark Udall (D-Colo.); John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.); Carl Levin (D-Mich.); Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.); Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.); Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.); Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.); Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.); and Jeff Merkley (DOre.). Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 157 Mercury Politics ***Links – EPA Regulation Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 158 Mercury Politics Regulation – Unpopular – GOP (1/2) House Republicans hate anything that gives the EPA regulatory power The Pilot, editorial, 6/19-11 ( 6-18-11 “Gutting Regulation of the Environment” accessed: 6-21-11 TJL) The Republicans who now control the U.S. House of Representatives often tend to view any such initiatives as some kind of leftist conspiracies. Four times in May, for instance, the U.S. Senate had to block efforts by the House majority to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. Let EPA Do Its Job At this point, the weapon of choice is something called the TRAIN (Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation) Act. It would submit various EPA regulations to time-consuming new cost-benefit analyses, though such calculations are already required — and though the benefits of environmental regulations obviously go beyond financial consider...
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