NASA pushed back against a congressional proposal to slash more than $300 million in funding from its branch focused on climate issues.
The proposal would cut funding to NASA’s Earth Sciences division, which researches the planet’s natural systems and processes — including climate change, severe weather and glaciers.
Republican Lamar Smith, who chairs the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee presented the proposal earlier in the week.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden said that the bill “threatens to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate, and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events.”
“In addition, the bill underfunds the critical space technologies that the nation will need to lead in space, including on our journey to Mars,” he said.
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