Volcano Monitors Unite!
At The Volcanism Blog (you knew there had to be one!), they’re not too happy about Governor Bobby Jindal’s “volcano monitoring” slam: Something called ‘volcano monitoring’.
The Volcanism Blog does not do politics, any more than it does sport, religion or cookery. In particular, as a blog born and bred in Great Britain, it does not do U.S. politics. It is appropriate to say here, however, that anyone capable of talking glibly about ’something called “volcano monitoring”‘ as an example of ‘wasteful spending’ needs some education in the matter.
UPDATE at 2/25/09 5:53:24 pm:
More volcanologist consternation: Magma Cum Laude: A letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal.
UPDATE at 2/25/09 6:00:59 pm:
That $140 million dollar windfall for science mentioned by Gov. Jindal is intended for much more than volcano watching: The Questionable Authority : Fact Checking the Republican Response: No, there’s not $140 million in the stim for volcano monitoring.
US Geological Survey
For an additional amount for “Surveys, Investigations, and Research”, $140,000,000, for repair, construction and restoration of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades including stream gages, and seismic and volcano monitoring systems; national map activities; and other critical deferred maintenance and improvement projects.
UPDATE at 2/25/09 6:08:16 pm:
(Hat tip: Ojoe.)