Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bobby Jindal vs. The Volcanoes

Guest-posted by Fraulein

This guy is super smart. He is, apparently, a Rhodes scholar. I'm sure the folks who award the Rhodes scholarships are feeling extra proud right about now:

In his response to President Obama's address, Jindal said he opposed the stimulus package's inclusion of “$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring.'”

“Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C,” Jindal said.

While the claim was factually inaccurate (the $140 million will go to the US Geological Survey, of which volcanic research is only a part), scientists are also decrying Jindal's comments as a blast of hot volcanic air.

“Apparently the governor of Louisiana doesn't remember any of the major volcanic eruptions in recent history,” said Mark Brandon, a professor of geology at Yale University who has studied volcanoes around the world. “Volcanic monitoring right now is absolutely essential for protecting lives and property. The amount of money invested compared to the amount of money returned is trivial. It's not just some hobby—if the governor were in a volcanic eruption, he'd realize that the people who do that work are very useful in protecting you from direct hazards.”

Brandon was a student at University of Washington when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, killing 57 people and destroying hundreds of homes. Many more would almost certainly have died without the volcanic monitoring that allowed authorities to evacuate the population ahead of time.


Annette said...

Both the Senators from Alaska are pushing back on this also. One Dem, one Repuke. So that makes it Bipartisan push

He failed.

BreakRoomLive said...

This is where Bobby Jindal got his talking point from:

Annette said...

That's funny... very very good.

Matt Osborne said...

I suggest the governors of Washington state and Alaska make a public call for cuts in hurricane monitoring right away.

Anonymous said...

Famous Rhodes scholars:Bill Bradley,Bill Clinton,Rachel Maddow,Bobby Jindal Which doesn't belong and why?

Fraulein said...

The one who doesn't believe in science?