Target: Lindsey Graham, Chair, United States Senate Appropriations Committee
Goal: Do not approve reductions in funding for climate research programs and staff.
The Trump administration stands in direct opposition to the advancement of climate research in the United States. In keeping with a pattern of action against the scientific community, including leaving dozens of science-focused cabinet positions vacant far beyond previous administrations, the 2018 budget proposal includes massive cuts to climate research organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Climate research programs would be imperiled by the proposed cuts which include a 40% budget reduction for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. This would strip away over $50 million in annual grants to university climate research programs. A 17% overall cut to NOAA means that many climate monitoring and mitigation efforts will be placed in jeopardy. For example, the agency has responsibility for fortifying coastlines against sea level rise in low-lying cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Faced with the specter of looming budget cuts imposed by a hostile administration, the scientific community has increasingly been voicing its opposition publicly. Thousands of scientists demonstrated in a ‘Stand Up for Science’ rally in Boston with the support of luminaries such as Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson. Organizers of the Women’s March are planning a “People’s Climate March on Washington” to demand that the Trump Administration address climate change.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern that the proposed budget cuts will have a devastating impact on vital research programs. Please sign the below petition calling on the Senate Appropriations committee to reject this proposal.
Dear Senator Graham,
The budget proposal from the Trump administration contains massive budget cuts to vital research organizations such as the EPA and NOAA. If approved these cuts would devastate programs urgently needed to combat global climate change. This includes the NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience grant which ensures the fortification of low-lying coastal cities, such as Charleston in your native South Carolina, which are vulnerable to sea level rise.
Please set an example for your Republican colleagues on the Appropriations Committee by rejecting any budget provisions which imperil climate science programs.
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