GOP budget would slash tsunami warnings
Mother Nature has delivered a perfect example of why a Republican move to cut funding for the National Weather Service could lead to disaster.
“What would happen if the continuing resolution passes [is], there will be a dismantling of our nation’s early-warning system,” Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, said in an interview with the National Journal. “It would result in a roughly 30 percent cut in the budget of the National Weather Service.”
The cuts would cause the NWS to shutter individual offices for a month at a time on a rolling basis. In which case we might as well call the NWS the National Weather Gambling Service, because there’s no telling just when — or where — a natural disaster will strike.
Unlike Republicans, earthquakes and tsunamis are not predictable.