tj85016 saidI would agree - and put the $500 million into the EPA
ummm... those same Republicans want to totally eliminate the EPA.
well, I'm an ex-engineer and a past NASA supporter, most of what NASA does now is a complete waste of time compared to what the EPA could actually do
But what NASA might do could wind up avoiding what the EPA might otherwise have to do or improve how they do: new understandings can lead to new anything. We never know where we'll find discovery nor where will it bring us. While the lack of discovery leads to the lack of innovation and the lack of invention.http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/partnership/tech_transfer.html
The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 and a series of subsequent legislation recognizes transfer of Federally owned or originated technology to be a national priority and the mission of each Federal agency. Accordingly, NASA is obliged to provide for the widest practicable dissemination of information concerning results of NASA's activities. The legislation specifically mandates that each Federal agency have a formal technology transfer program, and take an active role in transferring technology to the private sector and state and local governments for the purposes of commercial and other application of the technology for the national benefit.
mindgarden saidI've spent many years working for NASA and other years working with the EPA.
Both organizations have people who are so smart that it's scary. Both organizations have tards who are so stupid that it's scary. The difference is that at the EPA, the tards are in charge.
I've probably mentioned but one of my cousins' uncles was not just a NASA guy but at one time had invented some part of some gyro whatever thingy (that's the technical term for it) used on an Air Force One. Super fucking smart guy. Had a complete mental collapse at one point though and never fully recovered. Ended life driving a taxi. A nice guy but boring as hell. We had him over every year for Thanxgiving. Fortunately we had another real boring guy there so we'd put them together which worked out well.
My cousin was deeply hurt by his passing. He was her mom's brother and her mom was my very favorite aunt.
But I've always loved NASA independent of that, from when I was a little kid thrilled with the moon landing (I did a classroom presentation on it) to a few years ago witnessing one of the last shuttle launches, I think it was 2nd to last. Lasted just a few moments but what a thrill to see.
theantijock saidHouse GOP Wants to Eviscerate NASA Earth Sciences in New BudgetOf course they do!
How else will they be able to convince the public of their erroneous climate assumptions if they don't eliminate the competition?
That's actually what I was thinking when I posted the thread, noting also that it was the earth sciences section. Even if not to eliminate, maybe even to punish or warn. Call it a hunch, but I suspect their motivation was not just a matter of budgeting. Budgeting for them could have been simply a means of communication, not of a matter of doling but of dealing.