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Trump Plans to Cut 355 National Weather Service Jobs despite Prominent Climate disasters in 2017

Due to the manner in the occurrence of weather and climate disasters, it has raised lots of concern among several countries today. However, these happenings are becoming more critical and higher than ever; with these, precise and consistent weather forecasting is very important for lives and properties to be protected at all times.

President Donald Trump’s White House Budget plans to decrease the finance of the National Weather Service (NWS) to 8% which is a reduction of over $75 million by next year. Trump’s budget also intends a cut of 355 job opportunities in the National Weather Service. This plan by the White House would cut lots of jobs from the National Weather Service, including forecasters after the country had undergone one of the worst hurricane seasons last year.


It is important to know that America has been a victim of lots of climate disasters in the past, thus, it has also been estimated through a January report from the National Centers for Environmental Information that the total loss of the United States is more than $ 1 billion. In 2017, the U.S experienced critical climate and weather disasters which cost $306 billion – according to a recent U.S annual report.

Trump government have justified the staff cuts as a result of the 2016 Weather Service Operation and Workforce Analysis, which stated an “incongruity between the workforce and workload” in some place of the NWS.

Due to this intends from Trump’s administration, employees and the labor union from the NWS disapproved the plans.

The labor union through its president, Dan Sobien, told Huntsville, a news station WAFF, that “it is going to cost lives, it is going to cost the economy. There will also be inaccurate weather forecasts which will also cost the country”.

In addition, the president of the labor union also said that the rate of employees is now lower to 600 and that the stated cuts from the budget will make the labor force in NWS even smaller.

“The cuts will make lots of offices to be closed and offices such as Huntsville might be a victim of this,” Sobien also stated, “ These important offices have been the ones that are in charge of issuing different warnings when it comes to climate disasters that may hit the country. Closing the offices during the night or some key time may be detrimental. Weather forecasts will have to be issued in some other places and it is going to be from people who are not really acquainted with the Huntsville area.”

The organization in October stated that the agency is “going to fail for the first time”. With this, Sobien has also told that weather forecasts that are not accurate will definitely put the country at great risk and cost more than $75 million on the country. Sobien also added that “the proposed budget by the administration is risking the lives and properties of innocent citizens across the country.”

Furthermore, there other proposed cuts by Trump’s administration. This also includes a $15 million cut in certain programs on the observation of marine areas, which also comprises of data points that offer vital information on the ocean cycles of the country.

Secondly, in the proposed budget, there will be $11 million cut to the agency’s tsunami warning program. There will also be $14 million cut to the activities of science and technology integration, which would reduce the funds of weather and water models and some other auxiliary appraisals

When this proposed budget was stated, lots of weather forecasters in the NWS have been surprised ever since. Dan Sobien has made it clear that the agency cannot take any more cuts and still do the job that the American public needs to do. On Monday, Sobien went ahead and told the Washington Post that “There simply will not be any employee that will issue the forecast and weather warnings which the nation solely depends upon.”

Moreover, E&E News notes stated that the proposed budget by Trump’s administration on the cuts of staffs of the NWS would help to eradicate “inadequacies that are related to the structure of the NWS offices”.

However, vital cuts to the NOAA has to be given approval by the Congress, and the White House budget only serves as a guideline. Although, it inaugurates the significances of Trump’s administration and offers a structure for lawmakers to act upon.

It is important also to note that Trump’s proposed budget comes shortly after the NOAA said 2017 broke the record of the costliest weather-related disasters.

The proposed budget to cut staffs of the NWS is not a good news due to the fact that the nation recently saw its most expensive year for weather disasters on record. Overall, the NOAA is now faced with a 37% cut compared to the percentage in 2017.

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2017 Weather and Climate Damages in the United States Totaled $306 Billion

Are you wondering when big organizations and politicians are going to pay vital attention to climate change? Well, hope has not yet been found, and this is due to selfish interests, fancy speeches, marches, etc. Certainly, the attention needed will surface when the financial cost associated with climate change becomes so extreme for brokers to take care of. We all know the popular saying “money makes the world go round” well, losing lots of cash will bring these big players to their senses. Since lots of money have been lost in 2017, well, the day that we will count so much loss is getting much closer by the day.

No doubts, 2017 was regarded as one of the hottest years in modern revolution and in that year, it has cost us so much. However, due to a recent news from the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is part of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). According to an annual report, it has been confirmed that the U.S has witnessed losses that exceed $2 billion, thus, totaling about $306 billion.


Furthermore, a statement by the federal agency has stated drastic events that have occurred in the United State plus the wildfires in the west. It is important to note that all of these events have cost about $ 18 billion which means it has tripled in cost from the aforementioned annual wildfire record in the United States.

It is also needful to know that the number of hurricanes that occurred in 2017 has also cost not only the United States but other places that it had occurred. One type of hurricane called “Hurricane Harvey” cost the U.S more than $ 100 billion. Other hurricanes like Maria and Irma had also cost the U.S $90 billion and $50 billion separately.

It is also worth knowing that selfish individuals in the Congress in the U.S discarded tax deductions for the casualties lost in this disasters for personal interests.

From the stable of Property Casualty 360 late last year, it has been affirmed that brokers may lose more than $190 billion in 2017. Due to this news, many of these brokers began to adjust their rates for them to cover the increased risks, several companies began to send their $1000 to beg with Congress to act fast. As you can see, President Trump has already backed off from acting against climate change. The effects of our actions may come so soon then we have expected if things aren’t done the right way.

As we all know, 2005 was another year that had cost the U.S much money, due to the drastic events that occurred. Losses from Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita will never be forgotten.

Certain natural disasters like storms, drought, wildfires, cyclones that occurred last year didn’t cost the U.S financially, they also caused lots of causalities where recorded. According to NOAA NCEI Climate, it has been reported that approximately $16 billion disasters were recorded in 2017; the U.S also witnessed more than 200 weather and climate disasters since 1980, thus, the losses totaled approximately $1.5 trillion.

2017 was recorded the third warmest year since annual records were taken since 1895. Also, according to these reports, 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average temperature of the United States last year, thus increasing by 2.6 degrees more than the normal average.

Another report from the Copernicus Climate Change Service has recently placed 2017 as the second-warmest year.

“Certain concerns have been going up due to the fact that sixteen out of seventeen warmest years have been in this century” this statement was made by the head of Copernicus. Lots of scientific agreement has been made due to the increase in greenhouse emissions, but most of them have been futile due to some selfish interest in the government.

Nevertheless, the NOAA report had briefly stated the increased costs of climate and weather catastrophes in spite of the cynicism and the indifference made by the government under the leadership of President Donald Trump toward the Paris accord to combat climate change from the list of threats that affect humanity.

“I was elected to represent the citizen of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” said President Trump after withdrawing the U.S support for the Paris accord on climate change. The president also stated that the Paris accord “confines the U.S, but empowers top polluting counties in the world”.

Trump’s administration is quite different from the previous one and it has unveiled a new strategy that focuses more on protecting the homeland and increasing the influence of the US In an ever competitive world.

However, a document that stated the national security of Trump’s administration has shown that it will show no support to reduce the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

“The United States government is central to counter an energy agenda that is detrimental to the U.S economy and energy security interest” the document declared.


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