Volcano research: what Stalin would have wanted
Apparently the governor of Louisiana – a state nicely situated in the mid-continent, far from any subduction zones or hotspots – likes to scoff at volcano research. Also, apparently, the national vetting team for the GOP does not include any staff members from Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Wyoming or Idaho. Those are the states with obviously active volcanoes, where careful, continuous monitoring of geological activity helps to protect the lives of millions of people.
What is it with the GOP and science? I understand the evolution thing, coming from a political organization enslaved to pre-industrial dunderheads. But why do they always pick on important, relevant science issues as being silly? Palin hated fruit-fly studies (the basis of most experimental biology, genetics, evolution and embryology basic research). Bush had a fetish about stem cells (the next generation of medical science). McCain ground his teeth at the idea that someone, somewhere, was watching a planetarium show (kids + telescopes = communism). Now Jindal comes out strongly against protecting kids from lava.
Seriously, this is the best that a major political party of the most powerful nation on Earth can come up with? Really?