So-called President Trump’s most recent budget proposal for NASA climate science missions would eliminate four climate science missions. In one paragraph in their 53-page budget blueprint, the Trump administration proposed the elimination of instrumentation to study clouds, small airborne particles, the flow of carbon dioxide and other elements of the atmosphere and ocean. I guess if we successfully fail to find these programs, we will never really know if our climate is really changing. But maybe that’s really the point of not collecting this information? “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”
Unfortunately in this case, it really can hurt you. We are talking about the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, as just two examples of our natural environment that help sustain all life on this earth. “Climate change deniers” now have a friend in the White House. Long before Trump was elected, climate researchers have warned that the nation’s climate monitoring capabilities – which include satellite as well as air and surface-based instruments- were less than adequate and faced data collection gaps and other uncertainties. Elimination of any of these missions would severely limit our ability to monitor the effects on our fragile ecosystems. Without such critical information, we are truly endangering the quality of life for all living organisms on this earth. Al Gore was right. This is an inconvenient truth, and one that current political leadership simply wants to deny.
We must see the world, our future and that of our children’s from a broader view. We owe it to ourselves and to the generations that follow. We do have to worry, as inconvenient as that may be.
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