The Trump administration is seeking to limit or eliminate federal funding for climate research, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) climate change research program, The American Conservatives’ new report reveals.
The report details how the Trump White House has taken a number of steps to undermine or sabotage the NOAA Climate Change Research Program.
It was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The White House and NOAA have not responded to our request for comment.
The NOAA program’s director, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, has been the subject of criticism for her ties to climate deniers and other anti-science advocates, including for her past comments that the Earth’s climate was a “hoax.”
Hayhoe’s tenure at NOAA has been criticized by many scientists for failing to provide robust, independent climate research.
Hayhoe was also an early advocate for the Keystone XL pipeline, which was rejected by President Barack Obama’s administration.
The Trump Administration is also taking aim at the work of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federally funded agency that oversees many research projects.
The administration has taken steps to defund NSF and several other federal agencies, including NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in an effort to undermine and ultimately defund the science and data they fund.
The NSF has been under intense scrutiny since the late 1980s, when the agency was criticized for funding projects that were demonstrably false, such as a study that claimed global warming was not happening.
The American conservative group has also found that NSF’s climate science program has not been fully funded by Congress, which has repeatedly asked for more funding.
The organization has also reported that the NSF is the only federal agency not fully funded.
This is not the first time the Trump Administration has taken aim at climate research funding.
In 2017, the Trump transition team also requested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cut funding to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) because it was “not scientifically rigorous enough.”
The NCA is a joint report by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, and the White House that assesses the risk of climate change impacts and the solutions to mitigate it.
The National Climate Science Center was established by the Obama administration to provide the public with information about the science behind the climate change crisis and provide tools to monitor and adapt to it.
It has not received federal funding.