House OKs bill calling for weather, not climate, forecasts

WASHINGTON Tue Apr 1, 2014 7:36pm EDT

NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite image from March 31, 2014 and released on April 1, 2014 shows the low pressure systems in the eastern Pacific Ocean, over the United States' Heartland, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite image from March 31, 2014 and released on April 1, 2014 shows the low pressure systems in the eastern Pacific Ocean, over the United States' Heartland, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require U.S. government weather agencies to focus more on predicting storms and less on climate studies.

The chamber passed the measure, HR 2413, on a voice vote. Prospects in the Democrat-controlled Senate are uncertain, although the House version had 13 Republican and 7 Democrat co-sponsors.

The bill to "prioritize weather-related activities" at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other

agencies was introduced in 2013 by Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine after dozens of state residents were killed in a series of severe tornadoes.

Although the term "climate" does not appear in the text of the bill, Bridenstine's office has said the intent of the measure was "shifting funds from climate change research to severe weather forecasting research."

The measure also directs the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) to develop better forecasting capabilities and improve tornado and hurricane warning systems.

Opponents, including some environmental groups, have criticized the bill as a way to undermine efforts to address climate change.

(Reporting by Ros Krasnyl editing by Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (3)
tatman wrote:
the flat earth party aims to further deligitimize climate change research in order to protect the fossil fuel industry’s main benefactors, namely the Koch Brothers. right now, our planet is facing the biggest threat to human and environmental survival, and the republicans would rather pander to corporate interests, the religious right, and the head-in-the-sand constituents that blind themselves to anything science. america is truly becoming less of a global leader, and more of an ignorant, xenophobic and isolationistic nation.

Apr 01, 2014 7:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:
Will someone please introduce a bill requiring Congress-critters to perform public service work during the year. They certainly seem to do nothing at all like that. Yes, most especially the Party of NO.

Apr 01, 2014 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
auger wrote:
I’m still hoping this is an April Fools article, but only a little

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