As I wrote this morning, Republicans on the House Committee for Science, Space, and Technology passed a nakedly partisan budget authorization bill for NASA that drastically and brutally slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from NASA’s Earth Science Division, which studies how climate change is affecting our planet.
Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, issued a statement that is brief, to the point, and clearly states his feelings.
The NASA authorization bill making its way through the House of Representatives guts our Earth science program and threatens to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate, and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events.
NASA leads the world in the exploration of and study of planets, and none is more important than the one on which we live.
In addition, the bill underfunds the critical space technologies that the nation will need to lead in space, including on our journey to Mars.
If I were him, I would’ve laced that with some colorful metaphors, too.