Target: U.S. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi
Goal: Restore funding for NASA’s critical study of climate change.
Massive budget cuts intended for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Earth Science study would gut the ability of this agency to study climate change. Climate deniers who serve on House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (SST) voted to eliminate most of NASA’s budget devoted to climate change research. It’s as if they thought they could make climate change go away by voting against research funding. Climate scientists immediately denounced the elimination of funding as threatening the future of this country.
Climate study is a major part of what NASA does and this funding was cut for the sole purpose of preventing NASA from doing it. According to NASA, these funding cuts “threaten to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events.” Committee Chair SST Lamar Smith (R-Texas) labeled anyone worried about climate change, “global warming alarmists” and made it clear, he doesn’t believe it’s real. He even criticized the media for not airing enough “dissenting opinions” on the subject. Republicans redirected most of the money intended for earth science into space flight programs, as if it’s more important to reach other planets before understanding our own.
In reality, climate change is already here. The United States has growing floods in Florida and Texas, a worsening drought in California with aquifers lower than any time in history and rising sewage levels in New York and Chicago. These are just a few of the many ways climate change is already affecting this country. Still, the small percentage of climate deniers is especially vocal about rejecting research funding, as if it were a waste of money, and some of them have seats in Congress. In fact, our future is on the line and we are risking it if we ignore climate change. We must fund NASA’s climate research.
Dear Minority Leader Pelosi,
Climate study is a major part of what NASA does and its funding has been eliminated. We can’t afford to ignore climate change with so many of its negative effects already apparent. We have growing floods in Florida and Texas, a worsening drought in California and rising sewage levels in New York and Chicago, just to mention a few examples.
Climate change won’t go away if research funding is eliminated. Climate change is already a factor in our lives and we need as much research as possible to help us deal with more and more extreme weather and its impact on availability of water, livability of cities, as well as numerous other pressing concerns. Congress should support NASA’s study of climate change for the benefit of our country and the rest of the world, which also needs this research.
[Your Name Here]
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