Tuesday, June 05, 2007

U.S. cuts efforts to monitor global warming from space

I'll tell you , I'm really getting fed up with the Bush administration playing Russian roulette with the Earth! Is it 2008 yet?

Bush and his people are drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as the president tries (unsuccessfully) to convince the world the U.S. is ready to take the lead in reducing green-house gases.

A confidential report to the White House, obtained by The Associated Press, warns that downsizing a satellite program will cause U.S. scientists to soon lose much of their ability to monitor warming from space.

The Dec. 11 report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that 7 separate climate sensors are being eliminated or substantially downgraded to save money. (No doubt that money will be used for Bush's war) Those sensors are needed to collect precise data over long periods.

Rick Piltz, director of Climate Science Watch, a watchdog program of the Washington-based Government Accountability Project, called the situation a crisis. "We're going to start being blinded in our ability to observe the planet," Said Piltz. "It's criminal negligence, and the leaders in the climate science community are ringing the alarm bells on this crisis."

Last week, the president proposed the idea of the 15 largest global-warming polluters - the U.S. is the largest, followed closely by China - meeting to set goals for fixing the problem while leaving it up to each nation just how to do it. Another rotton Bush idea!

I'm angry at Bush for being so damn reckless and destructive -- with the environment, and with his war. I'm looking for a big change, and I hope the Democratic candidates are not distracted into debating Bush's war the whole campaign. I'm looking for somebody to take a stand on global warming.


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