New hurricane season threat: budget cuts

Aug. 24, 2012

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Nowhere in America has the impact of severe weather been more harmful to communities and families than in Louisiana. One analysis conducted for Kiplinger.com found that property damage &mdash; largely from Hurricane Katrina &mdash; caused the state $32.2 billion in property losses from 2002 to 2011.</p>
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And in 2012, we are just weeks into a summer that has already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves across the nation.</p>
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It&#39;s hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for weather forecasting. Yet that is exactly what…

Letter: Washington must give hurricane forecasters the technology to get it right

Aug. 07, 2012

We are just weeks into a summer that has already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves across the nation (“Extreme drought rapidly intensifies in swaths of U.S.”) It’s hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for weather forecasting.

Yet that will happen unless Congress repeals mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs 2013. These “sequestration” cuts include a $182 million reduction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite programs. With this devastating cut, development of a new generation of weather satellites would be delayed, risking an increase…

Opposing view: Defense cuts threaten security, economy

Aug. 03, 2012

Requiring defense, which takes up 20% of the federal budget, to absorb 50% of $1.2 trillion in "sequestration" cuts to the federal budget is a bad idea that would harm vital national interests.

The Defense Department is already absorbing a $487 billion reduction in defense spending over 10 years mandated in last summer's Budget Control Act. Additional cuts from sequestration would tear through muscle and into the bone of America's national security. They would diminish our ability to replenish equipment that has been worn down after a decade of conflict.

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Proposed sequestration cuts would be a threat to important weather forecasting

Aug. 03, 2012

Living in “tornado alley,” Oklahomans are used to severe weather, but the 10-year cost of severe storms — some $6 billion in property damages — is still mind boggling.

In 2012, our nation is midway into a summer that's already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves. It's hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for national weather forecasting.

Unfortunately, that's what will happen unless Congress works with the White House to repeal mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These “sequestration” cuts may lead to a $182…

Cut may limit storm warnings

Aug. 03, 2012

Wild weather is costing Texas billions of dollars. One analysis conducted for Kiplinger.com found that property damage from severe weather caused the state $24.9 billion in property losses from 2002 to 2011.

And in 2012, we are just weeks into a summer that has already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves across the nation.

It's hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for weather forecasting. Yet that is exactly what will happen unless Congress repeals mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These sequestration cuts include a…