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Among Biden's budget $1.5 Trillion omnibus bill's biggest winners is climate change

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The upcoming proposal from President Biden takes a closer look at the $1.5 trillion omnibus bill passed last week, which indicates how climate change could be justified (or rationalized) in the upcoming plan.

House and Senate passage of the bill was aided by Republican lawmakers such as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

As summarized by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Budget, the omnibus boosted spending relative to 2021 amid high inflation at its highest level in nearly 40 years.

The first part of those expenditures is listed in Division G of the bill (Interior-Environment). It alone received $36.1 billion, up 5.3 percent from last year, according to CFRB.

Division G receives $1.41 billion, an increase of $101 million, under new leadership at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), headed by accused ecoterrorist Tracy Stone-Manning.

Here’s a highlight reel, courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee, and cross-referenced with the Senate Appropriations Committee’s version. (A spokesperson for the House Appropriations Committee confirmed that the items in the summary were all in the finalized version of the bill signed into law.)

U.S. Department of Agriculture gets $78.3 million under Division A (Agricultural Research and Development-FDA) to combat climate change. This money, according to the summary, "confronts the climate crisis."

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) receives $200 million under Division B (Commerce-Justice-Science), an increase of $18 million from 2021. NOAA also receives $6 million to support offshore wind farms.

In addition, NASA receives $7.6 billion for its Science Mission Directorate, an increase of $313.4 million, in part to enhance scientific knowledge about the Earth and climate change.

NASA also gets $880.7 million for aeronautics research “to continue efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of space travel through increased fuel efficiency and electric flight.”

24 March 2022


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