tsunamis and politics

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    The intellectual prowess of the Teabagger dominated GOP is astounding.

    Proposed GOP budget cuts target tsunami warning centers - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

    The GOP budget plan that passed through the House last month aimed to cut funding for a tsunami warning center that issued a slew of warnings around Japan's devastating earthquake.


    The budget, which proposed about $60 billion in budget cuts, would slash funding for the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That would potentially cripple the effectiveness of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, which issued a series of warnings over the past several days regarding the situation in Japan, where an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami along the nation's east coast. (The PTWC is a part of the National Weather Service, which falls under the umbrella of NOAA - the organization responsible for providing tsunami warnings in the U.S.)


    The Republican's proposed "continuing resolution" to fund the government, which was defeated in the Senate this week, aimed to cut $1.2 billion - or 21 percent - of President Obama's proposed budget for NOAA, ClimateProgress.org reports.
     
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    "NOAA has put together part of a contingency plan to handle such a massive cut and while it spares tsunami buoys, all other coastal buoys are non funded and there will be furloughs at both Tsunami Warning Centers (TWC)," he said. "These furloughs will take away the TWC's ability to upgrade tsunami models and will put considerable stress on watchstanders ability to react."

    "While today's disaster is of particular concern to everyone, we are just now entering tornado season and soon will be hurricane season and our organization firmly believes any effort to defund and dismantle our nations early warning system for all disasters is very unwise," he added.

    Proposed GOP budget cuts target tsunami warning centers - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

    Maybe there is need for compromise and restructure. I bet Buoy's don't accumulate sick days and vacation pay. ;) Let's fund more of them, and lose some administration. ;) More worker bee's, less Chiefs. ;) Less toys, less play time, work, work, work. :)
     
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    Well, Allie, if you cut the funding for the Tsunami warning system, the tornado and hurricane systems, then you are making that a political subject. If you do so and maintain billions in subsidies for industries that are making billions in profits, you are stating that you value the corperate profits over the lives of American Citizens.

    And that certainly seems to be your stand. Proud of yourself, old girl?
     
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    Guess what, you are an idiot.

    The Republicans are cutting the NOAA budget by 7%, it does not target anything. The cuts to the tsunami centers are being made by the NOAA in an attempt to scare the Republicans to back down. If the funding for those centers is so critical they could cut something else. Funny thing is, the NOAA is so concerned about the tsunami warning system they forgot to mention it in their budget highlights for 2011, instead they mentioned climate change and algae blooms.
     
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    I heard this the other day, even with the early warnings, people still die. Why make matters worse by defunding early warning?

    They're idiots.
     
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    HA! This is an opinion piece generated by some low life scumbag who wants to see the government spending increase status quo remain intact.
    Taken out of context, it sure looks like the GOP is targeting the Tsunami Warning system...Here's the rub, the budget for the NWS is NOT being cut. Nothing is being "cut"....These so-called cuts are simply reductions in spending increases.
    contrary tot the writer's point of view, the Tsunami Warning System is not going away. If it were, the writer would have accurately pointed out that the System was being defunded.
    Nice try buckaroo....
    BTW, with companies such as Accuweather , Weather Services Corp and whole host of other weather, hydrology and other scientific environmental concerns, there is no real need for the federal government to have a weather service. It can be done privately, less expensively and within a budget. Privately funded.
     
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    After what the terrorist GOP did in Wisconsin and here in Ohio, I would put nothing past them.
     

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