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Space Foundation Says NASA Budget Proposal Inadequate To Assure US Leadership In Space

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by Staff Writers
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Feb 07, 2007
Following [the] release of the President's FY2008 Budget, Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham said, "Given the many demands upon the U.S. federal budget, most notably for war costs, entitlement programs, and homeland security, it is admirable that the administration's proposed FY2008 budget preserves a modicum of funding for the nation's space programs - civil, commercial and national security.

"Unfortunately, as recent world events have shown, merely maintaining our current level of space capability is a flawed approach when placed in the context of emerging, competing, and even hostile space capabilities all over the world.

The nation can, and must, do more to ensure that NASA and NOAA continue to lead the world in space science and exploration; to ensure that U.S. commercial space companies have the support of government agencies like the FAA and the FCC; and to ensure that we re-invest in national security space systems to assure space superiority for the intelligence, defense and homeland security agencies charged with protecting U.S. citizens in a dangerous world.

"The Space Foundation continues to recommend a '1 percent solution' to ensure our exploration and Earth observation capabilities are funded for success instead of for delay, program stretch-outs and failure.

"This solution would set aside 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget for these programs, as compared to the current .7 percent. We were greatly dismayed by the House of Representatives' recent decision to roll back civil space funding to unacceptably low levels for FY2007. We urge the Senate to reverse this dangerous retrenchment.

"Further, until America's disastrous ITAR policies can be revised, we suggest more funding and staffing for the State Department to provide timely and responsive regulation of international space commerce.

"And recognizing the nation's dependence upon aging national security space systems, we strongly recommend more robust funding for new Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office space programs.

"As the rest of the world develops and deploys its own space systems, it becomes more crucial that we make the necessary investments to protect our current space capabilities and to develop new systems that assure continued U.S. strength and leadership."

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Climate Report Stokes Heat Under US And China
Paris (AFP) Feb 02, 2007
Fresh warnings about climate change issued by a UN scientific panel here Friday place the onus for action on the United States and China, the world's two biggest carbon polluters, analysts say. The world's richest and respectively most populous countries have surged ahead in their greenhouse-gas emissions in the past decade -- and both now hold the key to determining whether global efforts to tackle global warming succeed or stumble.

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