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Trump Administration Shuts Down NASA's Carbon Monitoring Program

  • The United States is the only country on earth not to ratify the Paris climate accord.

    The United States is the only country on earth not to ratify the Paris climate accord. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 May 2018
Opinion

Since Trump took office, his administration has proposed several budget cuts to NASA's earth science programs dealing with global climate change.

United States President Donald Trump has cut the budget for National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Carbon Monitoring System. The system is charged with compiling data from various satellite and aircraft measurements of CO2 and methane emissions around the planet.

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Researchers and scientists were provided with reliable information about carbon circulation due to the program. Now, it will be much more difficult for countries to verify that carbon quotas are being met under commitments they gave as part of the Paris climate accords. The United States is the only country on earth not to ratify the treaty.

If emissions are not being measured, countries will have no idea if they are keeping their end of the bargain, noted Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

A spokesperson for NASA affirmed that the grant used to finance the Carbon Monitoring System would be allowed to complete its funding phase, at which point the program will be shut down.

NASA noted that the reason for the program's cancellation is due to budget constraints coupled with research deemed of a higher priority.

Since Trump took office, his administration has proposed budget cuts to NASA's earth science programs dealing with global climate change, a subject matter he has consistently ridiculed. The U.S. head of state has been quoted as saying, “Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee – I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!”

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