Asheville Citizen-Times: "The National Climatic Data Center [NCDC], located in Asheville, could face a severe funding shortfall if the budget passed by the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Commerce Department becomes law.
The appropriations bill, passed by the subcommittee on a voice vote last week, reduces the $51.9 million requested by President Bush for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s data centers and information services by $3.9 million."
"the NCDC plays a pivotal role in the HUB project, an economic development plan supported by local business, community and elected leaders. The project is a new economic strategy that seeks to build on the region’s assets in arts, crafts, wellness and rejuvenation, and a growing weather industry, as well as the standbys of manufacturing, tourism and hospitality industry.
With the National Climatic Data Center downtown for the past 50 years, a treasure trove of valuable data is located in Asheville."
"Funding cuts that could result in job losses at the center or in slower access to data and analysis could undermine the HUB project and the region’s economic growth along with it.
From a national standpoint, it makes little sense to undercut the agency that contains the world’s largest active archive of weather data at a time when the threat posed by global warming makes monitoring the climate one of the imperative and urgent needs we have as a nation."
Charles Taylor's inability or unwillingness to fully fund this vital program is indicative of his ineffectiveness as our representative on the Appropriations Committee. Either Congressman Taylor would like to see Asheville jobs lost, or he can do nothing to stop it. Either Congressman Taylor would like to restrict scientific investigation into climate, or he is incapable of exerting political will to maintain this important resource.
Congressman Taylor touts his ability to bring government dollars to our area despite the fact that NC-11 is among the nation's lowest per capita recipients of appropriations in the country. Taylor trumpets himself as a fiscal conservative while voting for the largest National Debt increases in the history of the world.
Taylor is neither effective nor fiscally conservative. He has demonstrated a consistent inability to sway legislation in favor of our district, to direct our tax dollars back into our district, and to keep a leash on these insane Republican budgets. His unwillingness or incompetence in regard to fully funding the National Climatic Data Center is yet another example.
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