President Trump’s administration quietly killed a NASA project that monitored whether countries were reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, stoking fears about efforts to decrease global emissions, Science magazine reported.
NASA spokesman Steve Cole told the magazine that the agency’s Carbon Monitoring System was canceled due to ”budget constraints and higher priorities within the science budget.”
Congress has repeatedly blocked the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to NASA’s earth science budget — including the monitoring system. But, Cole said, Trump’s new tax law didn’t mention the project, enabling the administration to end it.
He added that existing grants using the system would be allowed to continue, but that no new research will be permitted.