USA reduces budgets drastically

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Last weekend I read a really shocking article at the Herald Tribune about drastic savings in the US research, and that is why I wanted to post here although this class is already completed.
In addition to the fact that America is responsible for a considerable part of the environmental damage and is very uncooperative in terms of “repairing” this situation, the Bush administration now reduces the number of satellites that can measure e.g. the impact of rising temperatures sharply.
Of particular interest is the following fact that the US justification for its rejecting attitude against improving measures was based on the argument that more research concerning globing warming and its causes is needed.
And now the administration is reducing the expenses for research?!
What else to say? I am really shocked that such an ignorant behavior is still possible despite knowing about the current ecological situation.
I think in terms of environmental decisions national executive power seems to be inappropriate and therefore I could imagine that an international committee like e.g. the UN would be useful. This committee should be more powerful, should be allowed a say in environmental issues and / or have a power of veto.
I am not quite sure if such a suggestion is convertible but in my opinion something has to be done in order to prevent those acting.

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2 comments on “USA reduces budgets drastically
  1. Susanne says:

    Actually, Lena, the US wants to spend millions of dollors to stop global warming. However, not by reducing emissions, but by researching for ways to catch the sunlight (by mirrors, for example). That is really ridiculous. A typical example of the syndrome “We are able to invent our way out of problems”.
    Here is a short excerpt of the article:
    “The US government wants the world’s scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming, the Guardian has learned. It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be “important insurance” against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a major UN report on climate change, the first part of which will be published on Friday”(http://www.guardian.co.uk.

  2. jeremy says:

    Well if the mirrors don’t work, there is always the idea of dropping huge ice cubes into the ocean every so often 😉

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