A bill that would place more emphasis on storm/weather prediction and less emphasis on climate change research. Requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to place "priority emphasis on development of more accurate and timely warnings and forecasts of high impact weather events that endanger life and property". At present, the NOAA spends more than twice as much on climate change research as it does on weather forecasting research. This bill aims to improve performance gaps in weather forecasting between the U.S. and other nations, and states explicitly that the NOAA is not prohibited from obtaining weather data through contracts with commercial providers.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- senate Committees
- The house Passed April 1st, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
House Committee on Science, Space, and TechnologyEnvironmentIntroducedJune 18th, 2013
- house Committees
What is it?
Impacts climate change research, weather prediction capability, and relationship between taxpayer dollars and the private sector.
CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $356 million over the 2015-2019 period.
Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014
To prioritize and redirect NOAA resources to a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to deliver substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, such as those associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, storm surges, and wildfires, and for other purposes.
Are you serious?! Climate change research is already under attack from every angle, and we want to defund it further for the sake of knowing whether to bring an umbrella to work?? The massive superstorms that climate change will cause can't be researched independently of climate change, without participating in a massive propaganda machine denying the causes of extreme "weather" events.
By researching climate change we can see the storms too. Who the heck comes up with this stuff! I live in ohio and it used to be snow fro, November rules march sometimes April! It has snowed twice this year! A great movie on NatGeo channel took 2-3 years to make. Leo decaprio travels the world and what the movie provides is a really scary thing.
Weather is short term and variable. Climate is long-term and quite easy to map out possible future changes with enough data of past and present changes. Human-driven climate change should not be censored or disregarded because of current local weather patterns that seem to be antithetical to the idea of global warming or climate change as a whole. We as a species need to own up to the damage we are doing to our planet and find a way to make it livable for future generations. Emphasizing weather over climate would distract people from the climate changes happening currently during our time and prevent action to slow or reverse them before it is too late.