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Unformatted text preview: draconian energy policies rather than as disinterested science. There have also been a couple of launch failures in the Earth science program, one just recently of the Glory satellite. Some have even posited strange, almost-conspiracy theories concerning those launch failures. On the other hand, while Earth observation science is an enumerated mission of NASA dating to its beginning, human space exploration is its crown jewel. When one thinks of NASA, one thinks of Apollo, the space shuttle and the International Space Station first. Planetary probes such as the Mars Rovers and the Cassini, now orbiting Saturn, come in for mention as well. But Earth Science is rather down on the list of priorities. Couple that with lingering anger over President Barack Obama's cancellation of the Constellation space exploration program, one can see that an attempt to strike at one of his priorities in an attempt to preserve was is left of the space exploration program would follow as night follows day. Leaving aside the merits of an Earth Science program , at least if it is conducted in a non political manner, tight budgets mean having to pick and choose priorities. Politically and substantially human space exploration over Earth Science is a no-brainer. Sending human explorers beyond Low Earth orbit has more implications for the future course of human civilization than a politicized Earth Science program. Plus, it gives Republican lawmakers the opportunity to punish Obama for blowing up Constellation and throwing NASA into chaos . This should serve as a warning. In a democracy, even if one has the power to roll over the opposition and do what one wants, one should think about the long term consequences. Power shifts with every election. And the people who have been rolled over tend to have long memories. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 149 Mercury Politics Environmental Programs – Unpopular – GOP (1/2) Plan is unpopular – Republicans see it as wasteful overlap Vastag, science reporter at the Washington Post, 2-16-11 (Brian, “Science gets a boost in budget” The Washington Post, February 16, 2011, lexis, EJONES) With Republicans eager to cut spending, the likelihood of Suresh getting his wish remains uncertain."I don't like to cut science," said Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), chairman of the House Appropriations commerce-justice-science subcommittee. "But as long as the president fails to address the recommendations of his deficit-reduction commission and doesn't deal with [Medicare and Social Security] entitlements, there is going to be tremendous pressure on these programs." Norman Augustine, the former chief executive of Lockheed Martin and a promoter of science and technology, said Republican lawmakers need to distinguish vital long-term programs from short-term ones. "A meat ax across the board is abdicating their responsibility," he said.John Holdren, the president's science adviser, positioned the science boost as vital for the nation's future.The president sees "science, technology and innovation as absolutely essential to reaching the goals we need to reach," Holdren said. "That's why this [science] budget contains...
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