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    The statement is so vague that I'm not sure exactly what dialog it is intended spark. But the simple answer is yes. Billions of dollars are poured into climate change programs and studies every year. The Recovery Act of 2009 included $35.7 billion for “Federal Climate Change Programs” and the U.S. Global Change Research Program is allocated roughly $2.5 billion annually, creating or maintaining thousands of jobs. The money is allocated to NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy, the EPA, and numerous other federal agencies. Thousands of researchers around the world receive grants based entirely, or in part, on some aspect of climate change research. The United Nations has made climate change one of its key initiatives, impacting governments and employment around the world. Hundreds of millions of dollars also pour into the climate change arena from contributions to environmental groups. This money is put towards studies and education programs that have a significant ripple effect upon employment in a variety of fields.

    The unasked questions are whether or not this is the best way to spend these billions of dollars. To what extent is climate change a real problem, and if it is significant problem, what can realistically be done to correct the problem? Would it be better to spend the money on problems that are killing millions of people every year and that we know we can solve? Good questions; complex answers.

  • Yes it has, but...

    The statement is so vague that I'm not sure exactly what dialog it is intended spark. But the simple answer is yes. Billions of dollars are poured into climate change programs and studies every year. The Recovery Act of 2009 included $35.7 billion for “Federal Climate Change Programs” and the U.S. Global Change Research Program is allocated roughly $2.5 billion annually, creating or maintaining thousands of jobs. The money is allocated to NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy, the EPA, and numerous other federal agencies. Thousands of researchers around the world receive grants based entirely, or in part, on some aspect of climate change research. The United Nations has made climate change one of its key initiatives, impacting governments and employment around the world. Hundreds of millions of dollars also pour into the climate change arena from contributions to environmental groups. This money is put towards studies and education programs that have a significant ripple effect upon employment in a variety of fields.

    The unasked questions are whether or not this is the best way to spend these billions of dollars. To what extent is climate change a real problem, and if it is significant problem, what can realistically be done to correct the problem? Would it be better to spend the money on problems that are killing millions of people every year and that we know we can solve? Good questions; complex answers.

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