Posts Tagged ‘US policy’

U.S. Disaster Early-Warning Systems in Danger of Congressional Budget Cuts

Written by Tom Fry on . Posted in Act, The Wonk Room

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As hard Congressional decisions continue to unfold for budget cuts across domestic and international programs, it seems like at least one proposed reduction should be off the table: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s early-warning systems. Early-warning systems like those managed by NOAA unquestionably save lives. Yet Congress wants to cut money from our country’s ability to keep abreast of changing natural conditions that have the power to send our highly developed society reeling from disruptive and extreme disasters.

A Long List of Climate Cuts in the House’s Budget

Written by Paul Mackie on . Posted in Act, The Wonk Room

The U.S. spends about $1 billion per year on global efforts to curb carbon pollution – “a very small portion of the federal budget” – and the House is proposing to slash about 40 percent of that funding, well above the cuts in most other areas of the budget. Here is The Nature Conservancy’s breakdown. Don’t hold your breath, it’s a painfully long list.

U.S. International Conservation Investments in Great Peril With Current D.C. Debate

Written by Eric Haxthausen on . Posted in Act, Learn, The Wonk Room

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H.R. 1 would slash U.S. direct foreign assistance and support for multilateral institutions. The total funding of these programs amounts to less than 1 percent of the federal budget, but they play a critical role in protecting U.S. security, contributing to a strong economy, providing stability in many countries, and preserving the U.S. as a strong global partner.

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