July 25, 2006

Mars, bitches!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 25, 2006 11:32 AM

Politics is everything with the Bush Administration, and in the latest effort to bring the government in line with the new political correctness, we have:

Earth dropped from NASA mission statement

NASA has reportedly eliminated the promise "to understand and protect our home planet" from its mission statement.

That statement was repeatedly cited last winter by NASA climate scientist James Hansen, who said he was being threatened by political appointees for speaking about the dangers posed by greenhouse gas emissions.

But NASA officials told The New York Times the elimination of the phrase that was used by Hansen was "pure coincidence." The statement now proclaims the agency's mission is "to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."


I suspect the change is not directly related to Hansen, but rather, as the article mentions,
One observer noted results from NASA's increasing involvement in monitoring the Earth's environment have sparked political disputes concerning the Bush administration's environmental policies.

In other words, it's part of the "ignore it and maybe it'll go away" approach to global warming. (Via Warren Ellis.)

Tags: Bush Administration, Politics, Science, Space
Comments

{{Groan....}}

Bush and his cronies seem to be intent on boldly going...

Posted by: Mason | July 25, 2006 3:28 PM

..where all ignoramouses have gone before?

Posted by: shellock | July 25, 2006 5:43 PM
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