President Donald Trump is looking to cut another $140 million in funding from government-funded global warming science programs, according to Space.com.
Trump will ask Congress to cut $90 million in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather satellite programs and another $50 million from NASA global warming science programs.
The programs slashed include: NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R (GOES-R), Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), and Earth Observing Nanosatellite-Microwave (EON-MW). These programs all study earth’s climate and measure global warming.
NOAA spends more than $100 million on global warming while NASA’s budget includes more than $2 billion for global warming and earth science. This money is generally specifically allocated to improve climate modeling, measurement of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and weather prediction. In comparison, NASA’s other functions, such as astrophysics and space technology, are only getting a mere $781.5 and $826.7 million, respectively, in the 2017 budget proposal.
Federal agencies plan to spend $27 billion on global warming-related programs next year. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates the federal government spent $77 billion from 2008 to 2013 on climate programs.
Environmentalists panicked over potential cuts to their favorite government agencies before Trump even released his proposed budget.