Apparently with the new Obama administration version of NASA, failure IS an option.
I have a pretty hard time believing that about a degree of warming is going to cause all these woes. That and the fact that NASA has had a nearly 9 year hurricane free window in Florida to not worry about launches.
NASA programs are being put in jeopardy by the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels, high temperatures and humidity, wind, heat waves and extreme storms, which could impact such high-profile NASA sites as its Kennedy Space CenterNASA identifies a number of potential risks, including damaged infrastructure, power failures that threaten communications systems, delayed launches, employee health and safety concerns, contamination and even threats to endangered species. It says it could expect the loss of land essential to launch operations, experience extensive downtime when its systems are disrupted, and asks “Given the already degraded condition of much of NASA’s infrastructure portfolio, how will NASA find the money to conduct necessary adaptations, repair failing infrastructure, and maintain mission tempo?”…The report is one of two dozen released by the federal government Friday that address what steps various government agencies are taking to address climate change.
They need to remember what Dr. Richard Feynman said about NASA’s failure to embrace what is really important:
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. – Feynmans closing words, Appendix F – Personal Observations on Reliability of Shuttle