Guest essay by Eric Worrall
While Anthony was setting up his exhibit with Willis at the AGU convention, in another part of the conference, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has vowed to launch his own satellites, if Trump switches off NASA satellite climate data collection.
California governor: ‘If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite’
California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery speech on climate change policy on Wednesday, during which he said, “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,”according to The Los Angeles Times.
Brown was speaking at the 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a prominent body of scientists who study Earth and space.
In November, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump suggested the incoming administration would eliminate NASA’s earth science programs.
That would mean failing to launch, shutting down, or turning over the suite of satellites that provide the trove of data NASA releases about the Earth and its land, oceans, and air. That data set is critical for tracking hurricanes, coastal erosion, glacial melting, land use, wildfires, and even the approach of solar storms. Scientists across disciplines — and the world — have since told Business Insider that such a move would hurt their ability to do research.
The AGU meeting, not normally a hothouse of news-making political dissent, this year has been the site of public protests and appeals to Trump not to cut back or defund climate research.
I’ve got no problem with a few additional climate satellites. A few state based satellite launches and space missions could be an exciting new addition to America’s space efforts, and would be far more productive use of taxpayer’s money than funding useless wind turbines.
Addendum by Anthony:
Here is Brown at AGU:
Given Brown’s track records on big projects, such as the ill-fated bullet train to nowhere and his idea for water tunnels under the California Delta, the chances of him actually starting his own space program are pretty slim, even if he demands it. That, and all this saber rattling is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to a psychotic episode by Eric Holthaus in the Washington Post:
Readers may recall he is the same guy who vowed to have a vasectomy to save the planet, and to never fly again, then went ahead and had a child anyway, then later lectured us about family size. Holthaus is nothing more than a clickbait generator.
Right outside of where Brown was speaking at AGU16, other heads were exploding on the street as this was being pitched to AGU attendees.
Class act, these people.