California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery speech on climate-change policy on Wednesday, during which he said, “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” according to The Los Angeles Times. Brown was speaking at the 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a prominent body of scientists who study Earth and space.
In November, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump suggested the incoming administration would eliminate NASA’s earth-science programs. That would mean failing to launch, shutting down, or turning over the suite of satellites that provide the trove of data NASA releases about the Earth and its land, oceans, and air. That data set is critical for tracking hurricanes, coastal erosion, glacial melting, land use, wildfires, and even the approach of solar storms. READ MORE