Friday, November 25, 2005

China Needs An EPA and America Needs a NASA


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Even as our own newsmedia belatedly takes up the story of the Harbin pollution mess, the Chinese decide to remind us about our own collapse, this dealing with NASA. Seems, we are too poor to fund it anymore, pretty much.

From Xinhuanet:
A large deficit in NASA's shuttle program could cause at best a serious delay in the space exploration initiative by President George W. Bush if without planned shuttle flights reduced or a budget addition of billions of US dollars, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

NASA is negotiating for extra money with the White House to deal with a shortfall that some space experts say could exceed 6 billion dollars from 2006 to 2010, when NASA plans to retire the shuttle for good, the report said.

The White House, struggling with the costs of Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina, has no intention of giving the green light.

The deficit came as a result of shuttle safety problems such asinsulation foam loss from the fuel tank during liftoff, which doomed Columbia in Feb. 2003 and recurred in the July launch of Discovery.

One option for NASA is to reduce the planned 18 shuttle flightsfor international space station and one to service the Hubble Space Telescope, to two per year, or 10 in all, and cut the workforce.

"NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin has said that terminating the shuttle program would be just as expensive as keeping it going", it is reported.
Note the quiet glee in the Chinese official press. They know the EPA-style disaster can be dealt with the same way all such things are dealt with: knock down some underlings and promise to patrol things better in the future.

This reminds me, Brownie, the flunky who flunked hurricane Katrina, is now open for business.....Advising people about how to deal with disasters. I hope he is hired by the Chinese and then put in jail when he fails there. Seems they will actually send failures to prison.

So before we get all bloated up about how great we are, just remember: we lost a major port city and fixing this mess will cost around $250 billion which we can only get from the Chinese and Japanese and they are coping with their own problems, no? Eh? Are we offering to fix the Chinese water problem? Hello? What?

Oh, we are too busying buying Chinese and Japanese goods today to afford fixing their countries. They must deal with this on their own!

And NASA, the home base that shoved forwards technology in a million ways we take for granted today: an Immobile Dick.

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