President-elect Donald Trump
United States of America

Bob Walker, a Trump senior advisor, stated that the NASA Earth Science Division will be stripped of all funding.

This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into weather, temperature, ice, clouds, soil and water conditions, and other climate related phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provides a wealth of information on weather and climate events.

According to Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, ”NASA provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, and the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”. “It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said.

Over the coming decades, NASA and the Agency's research partners will continue to pioneer the use of both spaceborne and aircraft measurements to characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends in Earth's weather, soil, and ocean system for both research and critically important areas ranging from farming applications to natural disaster predictions and planning.

Earth is our lifeboat in the vast expanse of space. Over the past 50 years, world population has doubled, grain yields have tripled and economic output has grown sevenfold. Earth science research can help us understand and how the Earth can sustain this growth in the future. In addition, over a 1/3 of the US economy - $3 trillion annually - is influenced by climate, weather, and natural hazards, providing economic incentive to study the Earth.

This is not a political issue. This organization does pure research about our planet. This information is used by scientists, businesses, meteorologists, fishermen, and farmers around the world.

We are called upon to be Good Stewards of our precious planet -- our home. To do so, we need to support NASA's Earth Science Research Division wonderful efforts to understand conditions across our planet.

We the undersigned call upon President Donald Trump to continue funding for the vital, good work that NASA's Earth Science Division does for all of us.

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