Senators At Odds With White House Over Funding for Climate Change Research

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this week reversed President Trump’s plans to cut funding for climate change research at the Interior Department.

Members included funding for several climate programs at the U.S. Geological Survey which is the Interior Department’s chief science agency. The White House intended to cut the budget but the funding was left intact in the spending bill for fiscal 2018.

As E and E reported, the bill will give about $58.6 million to the USGS to study climate change and carbon sequestration. It will also fund eight regional climate science centers and one national climate adaptation science center.

The White House proposed major cuts to the research as well as to the National Land Imaging Program. It also wanted to eliminate four of the eight regional climate science centers.