President Trump has decided to kill a NASA program dedicated to monitoring carbon emissions worldwide in the fight against climate change.
Once again, the Trump Administration is taking a shot at efforts to combat climate change, this time opting to end the $10 million Carbon Monitoring System that is run by NASA. CMS helps NASA use satellite and aircraft measurements to monitor carbon dioxide and methane emissions across the world, and therefore understand what is going on with climate change.
It is not a surprising move for the president, who has vowed to put a stop to efforts to end global warming, calling the notion a hoax invented by the Chinese. But it still incensed scientists, who say that hte program was invaluable and the elimination of it will make it all the more challenge to monitor worldwide carbon emissions, something that was already difficult.
A recent report showed that CO2 levels had reached 410 parts per million last month, an alarming milestone that shows the climate change problem continues to get worse. President Trump opted to leave the Paris Accord last year, arguing that it was a build deal for America, and he has appointed many climate change skeptics to top environmental positions.
The objectives of the NASA Carbon Monitoring System include using “the full range of NASA satellite observations, modeling/analysis capabilities, and commercial off-the-shelf technologies to establish the accuracy, quantitative uncertainties, and utility of products for supporting national and international policy, regulatory, and management activities,” according to NASA’s website. The purpose of CMS is also to “prototype the development of carbon Monitoring Reporting and Verification [MRV] systems which can provide transparent data products achieving levels of precision and accuracy required by current carbon trading protocols.”