We can't afford to let severe budget cuts take weather forecasting back to the dark ages. NOAA satellites save lives and money at a time when our weather is becoming more and more volatile. In Oklahoma, which was hit by eight major winter storms and 39 severe weather incidents in the past decade, this is particularly true. Congress and the president should strive to avoid these and $1.2 trillion in other scheduled draconian budget cuts to defense and nondefense programs, and work to ensure that citizens and communities continue to receive the accurate weather forecasts they've come to count on.
Blakey is president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.