GOP bill would boost weather forecasting, reduce climate research

"This President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning," Bridenstine said on the House floor. "For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President's apology, and I intend to submit legislation to fix this."

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He downplayed the need for more climate research by noting that atmospheric temperatures have not risen over the last decade, and said temperatures coincide more with solar activity than with man-made factors.

"Global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago," he said. "Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with sun output and ocean cycles."

He noted the Medieval Warm Period that happened "long before cars, power plants and the industrial revolution." And he noted the Little Ice Age, which also happened irrespective of human activity.

"Even climate change alarmists admit that the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years," he said.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has held a few hearings this year on the need to boost weather forecasting funding.