Glad that Rep. King is in climate caucus

As a PhD candidate in neuroscience, I spend my days working in a laboratory. However, I recently found myself in the unfamiliar territory of the House and Senate office buildings [“LI climate march draws hundreds,” News, April 30].

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President Donald Trump’s budget proposes cuts to national programs that allow us to study the effects of climate change through the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Such cuts would reduce our capacity to collect data on our planet’s vital signs.

Evidence-based decisions are pivotal in tackling climate change. The threatened cuts provoked many Long Islanders to participate in the People’s Climate March on April 29. I traveled to Washington with the Union of Concerned Scientists to speak against these cuts, where I was fortunate to meet with legislative aide Tim Ursprung from the office of Rep. Peter King.

King is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, and he recently signed on to the Republican Climate Resolution. I was pleased that my representative is also concerned about Long Island’s shoreline.

Jessica Minder, North Babylon