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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #350 on: November 15, 2017, 03:31:02 PM »
It looks like Trumps proposed budget cuts to NOAA, and other related agencies will severely limit data need to calibrate climate models, for years to come:

Title: "Flying Blind: The Dangerous Decline of the U.S. Ocean Monitoring Fleet"

https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/11/14/flying-blind-the-dangerous-decline-of-the-u-s-ocean-monitoring-fleet

Extract: "Budget shortfalls and aging ships are starting to undermine key climate-change data-collection programs that help scientists gauge the state of the world’s oceans.

President Trump’s proposed budget contains deep cuts to NOAA and other agencies collecting climate-related data. NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research said that the cuts would kill “Arctic research focused on improvements to sea ice modeling and predictions that support the safety of fishermen, commercial shippers, cruise ships and local communities,” Science reported.

Even if such programs are restored, Ekwurzel said, “it could take years to recover.” Periods of data blackouts detract from robust results, and knowledge is lost when scientists leave ongoing projects.

“Cuts in one year can have big consequences in such complicated science,” she said."
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #351 on: November 17, 2017, 02:50:32 PM »
Herewith some extracts from the official FY 2018 budget proposal documents of the US budget offices of NOAA and the Department of Energy. Just google budget office and department name and off you go.

Read and despair - the devil is in the detail.

The sums involved are chump change compared with the hundreds of billions of tax cuts to be thrown at those who don not need them but are hugely damaging to science, especially on Planet Earth research. e.g. Will the GRACE follow-on project be cancelled / crippled ?

« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 03:10:41 PM by gerontocrat »
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #352 on: November 17, 2017, 08:55:12 PM »
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #353 on: November 18, 2017, 05:29:56 AM »
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

The bulk of dollars that got cut in the "fossil energy" section is in "Fossil Energy Research and Development".

Here is an overview of that program :
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/04/f0/14_Budget_Brief.pdf

Secure, affordable and environmentally acceptable energy sources are
essential to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Fossil
Energy Research and Development (FER&D) program leads Federal research,
development, and demonstration efforts on advanced carbon
capture, and storage (CCS) technologies
to facilitate achievement of the
President’s climate goals. FER&D also develops technological solutions
for the prudent and sustainable development of our unconventional domestic
resources.

So we are mainly looking at the Trump administration killing off CCS technology.

Overall, the biggest looser in this budget is "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" which got cut by far the largest amount ($1.4 billion; a whopping -69%).

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #354 on: November 18, 2017, 05:49:59 AM »
While Trump is running a reality show from the White House, his Republican Congress is passing bills favoring the fossil fuel industry and against science.

Latest one is this bill, which will hand over Public land and water to the oil industry.
Keep your eye on it while it moves through the process :

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4239

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #355 on: November 19, 2017, 03:23:35 AM »
Maybe, just maybe, they won't put this industry shill in charge of regulating his own industry?

GOP opposition endangers Trump’s pick to regulate toxic chemicals
Two Republican senators have announced they oppose President Donald Trump's controversial pick to become the nation's top regulator of toxic chemicals, putting his nomination in serious jeopardy.
...
Dourson has elicited a fierce backlash from Democrats and public-health advocates for his long record of industry-funded research, which chemical manufacturers have used to downplay the risks of potentially hazardous substances. ...
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-opposition-endangers-trump-s-pick-regulate-toxic-chemicals-n821416
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #356 on: November 19, 2017, 06:17:54 AM »
It does look like some Republicans are seeing the handwriting on the wall and detaching themselves from a tiny bit of the worst of the worst, though they've already OK'd worlds of harm (literally). Thanks for sharing this.

Maybe, just maybe, they won't put this industry shill in charge of regulating his own industry?

GOP opposition endangers Trump’s pick to regulate toxic chemicals
Two Republican senators have announced they oppose President Donald Trump's controversial pick to become the nation's top regulator of toxic chemicals, putting his nomination in serious jeopardy.
...
Dourson has elicited a fierce backlash from Democrats and public-health advocates for his long record of industry-funded research, which chemical manufacturers have used to downplay the risks of potentially hazardous substances. ...

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #357 on: November 29, 2017, 04:29:29 PM »
The GOP has added legislation to allow drilling in ANWR to the Senate's tax code overhaul bill.

Title: "Democrats worry Arctic National Wildlife Refuge being lost amid tax debate"

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/29/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-267819

Title: "The prospect of drilling in the untouched Alaskan tundra is as close to reality as it's been in more than a decade, with none of the political drama that in past decades turned the refuge's fate into a top-tier rallying cry for liberals. Legislation to allow drilling in ANWR is quietly hitching a ride on the tax code overhaul that Senate Republicans hope to complete by the end of the week, overshadowed by larger debates on whether the bill is a giveaway to rich people and corporations at the expense of the poor and working class."
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #358 on: November 29, 2017, 04:55:45 PM »
Thats interesting: fossil energy budget at DOE cut by 45% since 2016 ? Is that an error or are they sneaking the money back in somehow ?

The bulk of dollars that got cut in the "fossil energy" section is in "Fossil Energy Research and Development".

Here is an overview of that program :
https://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/04/f0/14_Budget_Brief.pdf

Secure, affordable and environmentally acceptable energy sources are
essential to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Fossil
Energy Research and Development (FER&D) program leads Federal research,
development, and demonstration efforts on advanced carbon
capture, and storage (CCS) technologies
to facilitate achievement of the
President’s climate goals. FER&D also develops technological solutions
for the prudent and sustainable development of our unconventional domestic
resources.

So we are mainly looking at the Trump administration killing off CCS technology.

Overall, the biggest looser in this budget is "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" which got cut by far the largest amount ($1.4 billion; a whopping -69%).

The real ‘budget’ for extraction industries comes in the form of subsidies across their business cycle, from exploration to construction to distribution networks, which amount to trillions of dollars over time. The forthcoming corporate tax cut is more of the same, since the fossil fuel industry remains nx the size and profitability of the renewables sector. That amount of money pays for an awful lot of competitive advantage.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #359 on: December 07, 2017, 06:59:14 PM »
Let’s review.

Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it’s moving slower as well.

Of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions — including two for Health and Human Services secretary — almost 60 percent did not have a master’s degree or a doctorate in a science or health field, according to an Associated Press analysis. For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees.
https://apnews.com/fc357285cc2d491abfa5cc0d817603ba/Trump-science-job-nominees-missing-advanced-science-degrees
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« Reply #360 on: December 08, 2017, 01:47:51 AM »
EPA Chief Pruitt asked mining industry to tell Trump to pull out of Paris Accord.

EPA watchdog to investigate Pruitt meeting with industry group
Pruitt met with the mining group in April and reportedly urged association members to tell President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal.

Critics of the meeting, including Democrats and liberal groups, say a request like that from a Cabinet member violates anti-lobbying laws for government officials. They want the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to provide a legal opinion on that question, and they asked the inspector general to first “develop a comprehensive factual record" for use in such an analysis. ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/363586-epa-watchdog-to-investigate-pruitt-meeting-with-industry-group
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« Reply #361 on: December 08, 2017, 08:42:43 PM »
Congress Questions Pruitt on Industry's Growing Influence in EPA
In his first oversight hearing, the environment agency chief said he would replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan and challenge a key finding with a 'red team' exercise.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07122017/scott-pruitt-epa-testimony-congress-hearing-climate-clean-power-plan-red-team-fossil-fuel-lobby
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« Reply #362 on: December 08, 2017, 08:58:15 PM »
How Fossil Fuel Donors Shaped the Anti-Climate Agenda of a Powerful Congressional Committee
Rep. Lamar Smith has led a strategic attack on climate science using the committee he chairs. Back in Texas, his constituents face the effects of global warming.
Sixteen-term Republican Lamar Smith has used his power as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for the past five years to do battle on behalf of the fossil fuel industry. Embracing the arguments of a small group of climate contrarians, Smith acknowledges that warming is happening but says more research is needed to determine the amount and causes, and whether it does more good than harm. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/05122017/lamar-smith-congress-climate-change-fossil-fuel-industry-house-science-committee
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« Reply #363 on: December 12, 2017, 02:35:16 AM »
How much will this transfer of knowledge to France affect US climate science?
 
Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/macron-awards-grants-to-us-scientists-to-move-to-france-in-defiance-of-trump