The available evidence overwhelmingly suggests that global warming is a burgeoning environmental crisis. The Bush administration has decided to take action — it wants to collect less evidence.
America will lose much of its ability to monitor global warming from space unless the Bush administration reverses course and restores funding for the next generation of climate instruments, according to a confidential report prepared by government scientists.
Cost overruns and technology problems recently caused the federal government to cut the number of planned monitoring satellites from six to four. Those four will focus on weather prediction rather than climate research, according to the report.
“The recent loss of climate sensors … places the overall climate program in serious jeopardy,” said the report, which was drafted by government atmospheric and space scientists for the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Said Rick Piltz, director of Climate Science Watch, “This gives the lie to the idea that the Bush administration is placing a high priority on climate change.”