Obama: Moving NOAA corrects a Nixon mistake

Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke said her group is “extremely troubled” by the plan. “The move could erode the capabilities and mute the voice of the government’s primary agency for protecting our oceans and the ecosystems and economies that depend on them,” she said in a statement.

“We understand the president’s interest in creating a more nimble, coherent entity for economic policy; but that can be done without sacrificing the scientific and environmental strengths of NOAA, and the independent perspectives it brings to critical issues,” she said.