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Bipartisan lawmakers plead for climate research funds

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Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporter  Wednesday, June 7, 2017  see article here

Nineteen House Democrats and Republicans are urging appropriators to reject a Trump administration budget proposal to slash funding for an Interior research program that studies climate change. The lawmakers, who hail from Alaska to Vermont, want their colleagues to support and fully fund the “reputable” and “important work” of eight regional climate adaptation centers located throughout the country and housed within the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Trump administration is requesting $17.4 million for the “National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers” in fiscal 2018, about $8 million less than what the hubs received for fiscal 2017. The fiscal 2016 enacted funding level for the climate science  centers was $26.4 million, which the April omnibus reduced to $25.3 million.

“These CSCs [climate science centers] have helped natural and cultural resource managers assess climate related vulnerabilities in their local jurisdictions as a first step in enhancing preparedness,” wrote the members, who included Reps. Jared Polis (DColo.) and Don Young (RAlaska), in a letter yesterday to House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (RCalif.) and ranking member Betty McCollum (DMinn.)….

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