In a serious blow to climate action, the Trump administration has quietly defunded NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10 million program that measures greenhouse gases across the globe via satellites and similar technology. CMS was left off the omnibus spending bill, approved in March, due to “higher priorities within the science budget.” The program's 65 projects collect data on anything from power plant pollution to forest preservation and provide important information that helps cities and countries around the planet map their carbon emissions. The news may signal a new era for the space agency, which is for the first time being led by an elected official with no scientific credentials. James Bridenstine, by the way, also denies anthropogenic climate change. Go figure.
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The Senate is expected to vote today on the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), the president’s pick to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as its administrator.
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