(or not quietly) killing off funding for research that
is needed to have a good idea of where we really stand,
keeps going up, so a threat on false "what
we don't know won't hurt us" government
cuts to start off with:
Whatever part of (politically inconvenient) truth that is
still alive, they are busy trying to kill off:
"Energy Secretary Quietly Dismantles Independent Science Advisory Board" ( http://peakoil.com/article13862.html )
Even more frightening example #2:
NOAA Loses Funding to Gather Long-Term Climate Data
Science Magazine, Jan. 14, 2005
Congress has eliminated funding for a fledgling network of 110 observation stations intended to provide a definitive, long-term climate record for the United States.
The surprise assault on the Climate Reference Network (CRN) was buried in the 3000-page omnibus spending package for 2005 signed last month by President George W. Bush (Science, 3 December 2004, p. 1662). Legislators also took a bite out of a long-established atmospheric monitoring network that includes the historic time sequence of increasing carbon dioxide levels measured at Hawaii's Mauna Loa.
Both networks are key pillars in a much-touted international "system of systems" for earth observation that the Bush Administration has called essential for resolving uncertainties in the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change (Science, 20 August 2004, p. 1096).
And a "nice" cut of almost HALF of the formerly 24m budget:
"[CRN] ties everything together," says Richard Hallgren, former director of the National Weather Service and executive director emeritus of the American Meteorological Society. "Eliminating it would be an absolute disaster."
The excision of CRN's $3 million budget is part of a $10.6 million cut in the $24.3 million climate observations and services program, which supports a far-flung monitoring system operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
...To Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, the message from legislators is even bleaker. "It's almost as if some people don't want to know how the climate is changing," he says. "Maybe they prefer uncertainty, so that they can avoid taking action."
http://heatisonline.org/contentserver/o ... ethod=full
Anyone have an update of whether at least some of those
massive cuts were later reversed?