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H.R. 2413, The Weather Forecasting Improvement Act April 7, 2014
Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
"Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2413, the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act. This bill represents a bipartisan agreement by members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. I am pleased to join my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, the bill’s sponsor, Mr. Bridenstine, subcommittee Chair Schweikert, the former subcommittee Chair Stewart, and Chair Smith, in support of this bill. I want to thank them, as well as Ranking Member Johnson, for their work on this important bill. Members on both sides of the aisle can be assured that this bill represents a truly bipartisan effort, and is built on extensive discussions with, and advice from, the weather community. After the devastating tornados in his district, Mr. Bridenstine introduced a well-intended bill that went a long way toward improving the tools available to NOAA for evaluating emerging forecast technologies. His emphasis on tornado research was appropriate and helpful. At the Subcommittee markup, Mr. Grayson added a valuable amendment for a focused hurricane research program. Mr. Stewart, then the Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee, worked with my staff and me on an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to add to the tools and programs in the original bill. We drew on expert advice from the weather enterprise and from extensive reports from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. Experts told us that to improve weather forecasting, the research at the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the forecasting at the National Weather Service had to be better coordinated; this legislation contains provisions to improve that coordination. This bill encourages NOAA to integrate research and operations in a way that models the successful innovation structure used by the Department of Defense. The bill we are considering today also creates numerous opportunities for the broader weather community to provide insights to "
Weather Forecasting Improvement Act Of 2014 April 1, 2014
Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
"Experts told us that, to improve weather forecasting, the research at the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research, or OAR, and the forecasting at the National Weather Service had to be better coordinated. This legislation contains important provisions to improve that coordination. This bill encourages NOAA to integrate research and operations in a way that models the successful innovation structure used by the Department of Defense."
Recognizing Russell A. Mittermeier, Carl Safina, And Patricia C. Wright March 14, 2014
Timothy Bishop, D-NY
"Dr. Safina co-founded Blue Ocean Institute to raise awareness of threats to the world’s oceans and inspire solutions to these dangers. He is a research professor in Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Episodes of his show “Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina” aired nationwide on PBS in 2012."
Morning Business March 10, 2014
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"I simply want to say that when you look at the data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Academy of Sciences, I believe you reach a blunt judgment: Climate change is the scientific equivalent of a speeding Mack truck. So tonight it is appropriate that Senators start getting into these issues with practical approaches. We have done our part in a bipartisan effort to promote hydropower. I am very pleased the President has a new approach in terms of dealing with wildfire, which is also bipartisan, because fires we are seeing are getting bigger and hotter, and there are steps we can take to deal with those urgent problems. This evening is all about sensible action."
Electricity Security And Affordability Act March 5, 2014
Edward Whitfield, R-KY
"In reply to this case closed argument, I would just point out that the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which came out in the fall, acknowledged a lack of warming since 1998 and a growing discrepancy between the model projections and the reality of the observations actually made; that the discrepancy between the models and reality was increasing. It also acknowledged the evidence of decreased climate sensitivity to the increases in atmospheric CO concentrations. It also acknowledged that sea level rising during the period 1920-1950 was the same as in 1995 to 2012. Now that is the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.2"

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