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That NASA/FEMA/NOAA Climate Thing You Are Not Hearing About (Update)

By Keith Cowing
May 24, 2021
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That NASA/FEMA/NOAA Climate Thing You Are Not Hearing About (Update)

Keith’s 4:12 pm EDT update: I just got the press release by email. It was sent out at 3:47 pm EDT. The Washington Post had an article posted at 12:21 pm EDT and then followed that with a tweet about this news while NASA said nothing whatsoever in advance. One would assume that this press release was in the can before the event happened. So why sit on it for 4 hours? Clearly these’s a little favoritism going on here. NASA picks the preferred outlets while ignoring everyone else.
Alas, someone from PAO will try and tell me that this was a White House thing etc. etc. which is just silly DC inside the Beltway nonsense. The event aired on C-SPAN. NASA could have used that stream. But they did not. Will NASA TV show it? Doubtful. NASA reacts to news. They do not know how to strategically prepare, manage, and present it.
Biden Administration Invests $1 Billion To Protect Communities, Families, and Businesses Before Disaster Strikes, White House
“In advance of the President’s visit, the Administration is announcing it will direct $1 billion for communities, states, and Tribal governments into pre-disaster mitigation resources to prepare for extreme weather events and other disasters, and the Administration is announcing the development of next generation climate data systems at NASA to help understand and track how climate change is impacting communities. … Develop and launch a new NASA mission concept for an Earth System Observatory. As the number of extreme weather events increases due to climate change, the ability to forecast and monitor natural disasters is integral for the nation’s preparation, mitigation, and resilience. NASA’s Earth System Observatory will be a new architecture of advanced spaceborne Earth observation systems, providing the world with an unprecedented understanding of the critical interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, land, ocean, and ice processes. These processes determine how the changing climate will play out at regional and local levels, on near and long-term time scales.”
Keith’s 2:52 pm EDT note: Not a peep from NASA about any of this White House announcement. Baffling.

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