Hey, it’s only money.

(CNSNews.com) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week that it has used $60 million of the $1.2 billion given to the agency in economic stimulus funds for purchasing “advanced-technology research instruments” to study climate change.

Some of this equipment was deployed at facilities in the Maldives, India and Australia.

The DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement, or ARM program, was launched more than two decades ago as a way to improve scientific models for climate research and weather prediction. In a statement released on Aug. 18 on the Recovery.gov Web site — the site tracking the $821-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — ARM is described by the Obama administration as a program focused on climate change.

“A Department of Energy program that studies global climate change has nearly finished deploying 143 advanced-technology research instruments bought with $60 million in Recovery funding,” the announcement states. “The instruments — some new, others newly upgraded — will provide more precise measurements for researchers to use in developing computer models that simulate the earth’s climate.”

“The models are used to study climate changes,” the announcement states.

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