Congress zeros out a request for 346.2 million dollars for a Climate Service from NOAA;
This funding was requested by Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of NOAA, who wrote [highlight added]
“Climate: NOAA’s FY 2012 request supports steps needed to improve our climate services, including establishing a Climate Service line office within the Agency on par with the National Weather Service and other line offices. NOAA needs to better understand and characterize the Nation’s vulnerability to climate change. Building on the past two decades of experience, NOAA proposes a $4.7M increase for monitoring atmospheric carbon sources and determining the distribution of fossil fuel emissions across the United States, and $3.0M to support regional climate services.”
Since the National Weather Service already provides a framework to provide essential weather and climate information, this Climate Service is a redundancy and is just another example of those who accept the IPCC perspective seeking to implement its advocacy mission.
The House Committee report appropriately recognizes this when they write
The recommendation does not include the establishment of a climate service as proposed in the budget request. Instead, the recommendation funds NOAA programs in accordance with the current NOAA organizational structure.
This decision by the House of Representatives and the Conference Committee (which reconciles House and Senate bills) is a good one.