Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This Affects YOU #2: Cuts to Amtrak, EPA, Weather Agency.Allow more Pollution in air and water...

In this blog series "This Affects You." it will inform people in the U.S. about changes in government that will affect them. In this blog, learn about Amtrak cuts, cutting climate science; and allowing more air & water pollution. The new budget cuts the EPA by 33% and NOAA who manages Weather Satellites and Fisheries, and various NASA satellite missions.
  Here is the info from legitimate news sources.

Trump wants to decimate Amtrak—but he envisions supersonic flights zipping across the country
Byline: Leslie Josephs, Quartz  Date: Mar. 16, 2017
NASA has already been working on supersonic aircraft that are both quieter and more fuel efficient than previous models. Silencing these deafening planes would determine whether they have a chance of revolutionizing air travel, saving passengers plenty of time.

Trump budget slashes climate science. Why does that matter?
Publication: Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 17, 2017
At NASA, it would terminate four satellite missions, studying carbon dioxide, geomagnetic storms, oceans and aerosols, and the feedback between radiation and climate. NASA’s Earth science research grants would also be reduced.  Some of the cuts:
•Four NASA climate-related projects would be terminated entirely.

•The Environmental Protection Agency, which does significant climate science, would see its overall budget slashed 31 percent.

•At the Commerce Department, the proposal “zeroes out over $250 million in targeted National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grants and programs supporting coastal and marine management, research, and education.”

Donald Trump wants to shut off an orbiting space camera that monitors climate change
Byline: Tim Fernholz,  Quartz,  Date: Mar. 16, 2017
The Deep Space Climate Observatory is an American satellite that sits in a special orbit between the earth and the sun, about 1.5 million kilometers away from us. That distance allows it to capture unique images of the entire earth. Today, US president Donald Trump said he wants to shut down those cameras.

The proposed 2018 federal budget tells NASA to forget about Earth
Popular Science, Mar. 16, 2017

The White House released its proposed 2018 fiscal year budget on Wednesday night, and the prognosis for Earth Science isn't great. If Congress approves the budget in full, NASA's Earth-observing satellite programs (PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder), which are mostly still in development, are toast. And even if Congress doesn't make all of the suggested budget cuts, the proposal indicates the administration is shrinking away from the research that most serves to benefit our own planet.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next