Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana delivered the Republican response for Obama's Joint Session of Congress speech. You know it didn't go well when Fox talking heads calls it lackluster. You are certain it sucked bad when folks over at Little Green Footballs, Free Republic and Red State think he made "Palin look smart," "guarantees 8 years of Obama" and "anti-science."
Yeah, Republicans complaining about a candidate being too anti-science. I was shocked too.
But Jindal actually called out volcano monitoring as wasteful, pork barrel spending. The first thought that entered my tree-hugging liberal mind was "there goes his support in the American West."
According to the US Geological Survey Circular, the US states that have active or possibly active volcanoes are New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. Wyoming is an especially troubling issue since it has Yellowstone - one of the largest volcanoes in the world. 640,000 years ago, Yellowstone erupted and it ejected 240 CUBIC MILES of rock and dust into the sky.
In late 2008 and early 2009 Yellowstone experienced quake swarms - one swarm had over 500 earthquakes in a seven day period.
If Yellowstone goes, most of the midwest would be unlivable and the effects would be felt globally. Mass famine and death would result.
Maybe Jindal is right, we don't need to monitor anything that dangerous. Just like we ignore hurricanes. What's the worst that could happen?