Last Friday’s budget deal blocks funding for the Obama administration’s National Climate Service (NCS).
The bill reads:
SEC. 1348. None of the funds made available by this division may be used to implement, establish, or create a NOAA Climate Service as described in the ‘‘Draft NOAA Climate Service Strategic Vision and Framework’’ published at 75 Federal Register 57739 (September 22, 2010) 24 and updated on December 20, 2010: Provided, That this limitation shall expire on September 30, 2011.
Announced in February 2010 and organized under the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the pretext of the NCS was that:
“Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards,” and that they “increasingly are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses.”
As we explained last February, the NCS was “more self-lampooning than informative.”
No need for global climate fretters to worry, though, coming back online soon will be a new-and-improved version of JunkScience.com’s (virtually) real-time global thermometer.