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Struggling to stay up-to-date with the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House? Here's the news you need to know that pertains to ocean and coastal conservation.

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Posted on March 22, 2017 - 1:23pm, by nwehner
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Via The Stranger

"[NASA] will still have to cut four specific missions: the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite (which monitors the health of our oceans, and expands upon atmospheric studies); the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment, which collects precise space-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to assess its growth (or decline) over an annual cycle; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, which can produce accurate climate records to test climate projections, improve models and enable sound policy decisions; and the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), which maintains the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:16pm, by abrown
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Via National Geographic

"Ensuring clean air, land, and water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses nearly 90 percent of its budget. However, in a controversial move that has many advocates concerned, this same budget has been slated for deep proposed cuts."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:56am, by nwehner
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Via The Atlantic

"While this proposal hints at President Trump’s governance priorities, and serves as an initial negotiating position, it mostly markets his ideological bonafides to other Republicans. It’s fiduciary fan fiction for conservatives, basically, with little chance of becoming law. Not only will a tiny EPA be politically difficult to enact, but there are also sticky legal limits on the extent to which the non-military side of the government can be defunded."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:25am, by nwehner
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Via American Institute of Physics

"The House Science Committee is currently preparing broad, new authorization legislation for NSF. At a hearing last week, committee members indicated that STEM education, ongoing oversight issues, and implementing a strong “national interest” requirement into NSF grant-making will all be on the committee's agenda. The committee is also planning to push the agency to favor engineering and the physical, biological, and computer sciences."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:22am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:18am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The executive order and the budget proposal, plus an earlier hiring freeze memorandum, present a management strategy designed to jettison agencies, oust programs, slow hiring and dump employees."

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Posted on March 17, 2017 - 3:10pm, by nwehner
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Via Congress.gov

"To amend title 54, United States Code, to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes."

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Posted on March 17, 2017 - 10:52am, by abrown
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Via Phys.org

"US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 11:16am, by nwehner
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Via BuzzFeed News

"As the Trump administration sows doubt over vaccines, climate science, and environmental protections offered by agencies like the EPA, lawmakers are now taking aim at the otherwise uncontroversial research on tracking the movement and abundance of ocean life."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 9:17am, by nwehner
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Via Ars Technica

"Yesterday, the Trump administration released its first proposed budget outline. While this is just the first step in what will inevitably be extensive negotiations with Congress, it gives a clear indication of what Trump's priorities are. First and foremost, he is focused on the military, which will see a $54 billion increase in spending, offset by cuts or wholesale elimination of programs elsewhere. Science is clearly not a priority, as it is repeatedly targeted for cuts in every agency that funds it."

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