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Report: Sharp Cuts Sought for Weather, Climate Agency


The GOES-R, next generation weather satellite launched on November 19, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (NOAA)

The GOES-R, next generation weather satellite launched on November 19, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (NOAA)

The Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent cut to the budget of the government’s meteorological agency that monitors the climate and issues daily weather forecasts, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Citing a four-page budget memo, the Post said the proposed reductions in the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would affect research and satellite programs and eliminate funding for some smaller programs.

NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, whose overall budget “would be hit by an overall 18 percent reduction from its current funding level,” it said.

The paper did not give a total figure for the proposed cuts, but said the White House Office of Management and Budget outline for the Commerce Department’s budget for fiscal year 2018 included sharp reductions for specific parts of NOAA.

The agency’s satellite data division would lose $513 million, or 22 percent, of its current funding under the proposal, and its Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, the Post said.

The paper said a spokesperson for the Commerce Department declined to comment, and that an unnamed White House official said the process was evolving and cautioned against specific numbers.

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