We all know by now that @BarackObama isn’t the president at all but rather his retooled campaign organization, Organizing for Action, and this warning about “climate change deniers” actually comes from an article published in the Huffington Post last week.
What is that tweet supposed to mean? If you have the stomach to read the linked HuffPo article, you’ll find that it’s actually two separate quotes indelicately mashed together out of order.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement that the [recently approved] budget “guts our Earth science program and threatens to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate, and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events.”
“NASA leads the world in the exploration of and study of planets, and none is more important than the one on which we live,” Bolden said.
“The supposed rationale for the committee’s cuts,” writes Kate Sheppard, “is that the members believe NASA should be focusing on space, not on earth science.”
Dana Loesch offers a couple of chasers that are well worth exploring, including an open letter in The Guardian by Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan:
While the president’s plan envisages humans travelling away from Earth and perhaps toward Mars at some time in the future, the lack of developed rockets and spacecraft will assure that ability will not be available for many years.
Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the US is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space. If it does, we should institute a programme which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal.