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Old 03-14-2015, 04:04 AM   #1
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Scientists to Senator Ted Cruz: NASA needs to study Earth

The largest group of Earth scientists has sent a letter to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, making the case that NASA needs to continue studying our home planet.

Earth science has been part of NASA's mission since the agency's inception in 1958, but in a Senate hearing on Thursday, Cruz told NASA administrator Charles Bolden that NASA needs to move away from launching Earth observing satellites in favor of sending humans to explore deep space.


See also: NASA chief has perfect comeback to Ted Cruz's attack on Earth science

Cruz chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, which oversees NASA.

"Almost any American would agree that the core function of NASA is to explore space," Cruz said. "That's what inspires little boys and little girls across this country."
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"I am concerned that NASA in the current environment has lost its full focus on that core mission." "I am concerned that NASA in the current environment has lost its full focus on that core mission."

Bolden disagreed with Cruz. And now he's got some backup.

The letter, sent Friday by the American Geophysical Union, an organization with more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists, pushes back against Cruz's comments that Earth sciences are not in the realm of "hard sciences" and don't inspire young Americans to seek NASA careers.



"Earth sciences are a fundamental part of science. They constitute hard sciences that help us understand the world we live in and provide a basis for knowledge and understanding of natural hazards, weather forecasting, air quality, and water availability, among other concerns," the letter states.
... Earth Science Division missions aid in flood prediction, earthquake response, and severe storm tracking across the Great Plains. Greater knowledge and prediction skill are urgent when we consider the effort, time and costs of protecting infrastructure along coasts, rebuilding fish populations, developing new water resources for manufacturing and agriculture, and restoring communities in the wake of hazards.
It is unusual for a scientific society to respond this way to a committee hearing, especially so soon afterward.

During the hearing on Thursday, Bolden defended spending more money on Earth science activities, saying he is "proud" of it since it's led to a greater understanding of the planet.
"We can't go anywhere if the Kennedy Space Center goes underwater and we don't know it — and that's understanding our environment," Bolden said, in a clear reference to global warming-related sea level rise.
"It is absolutely critical that we understand Earth's environment because this is the only place that we have to live."

Cruz, along with many of his Republican colleagues, denies that manmade emissions of greenhouse gases are causing global warming. NASA's own data shows that 2014 was the globe's warmest year on record, and that the polar ice caps are melting more rapidly, causing rising sea levels.


http://mashable.com/2015/03/13/ted-cruz-nasa-comments/

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Of course Cruz does not want NASA studying the Earth because they will only report, document and publicize that Global Warming is a real thing.
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We need more funding for NASA
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The guy just embarrasses himself every time he opens his mouth.

But I guess that will be an asset on the campaign trail, considering how conservatives like to vote for candidates who are as dumb as themselves.
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How can man affect climate change??

Only God messes with the planet.

Ask Noah.
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when NASA says they can't go into space if the Kennedy Space Center is underwater it's time for new leadership at NASA. They should be worried about space exploration not politicizing climate change.

That's the problem. Climate Change is real but it's been totally overrun by politics.
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when NASA says they can't go into space if the Kennedy Space Center is underwater it's time for new leadership at NASA. They should be worried about space exploration not politicizing climate change.

That's the problem. Climate Change is real but it's been totally overrun by politics.
Yup, that is why the science should be left to scientists at NASA and politicians like Ted Cruz should shut the **** up.
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when NASA says they can't go into space if the Kennedy Space Center is underwater it's time for new leadership at NASA. They should be worried about space exploration not politicizing climate change.

That's the problem. Climate Change is real but it's been totally overrun by politics.
No it's been totally overrun by blithering idiots like yourself.
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Global warming and cooling has only been going on since the planet's existence. Problem is scientists seem to change their theory of which one is going on since it changes all the time and their need to try to blame man for all of it and man is really the United States. China and India continue to pollute away and the only thing we get told is maybe China will abide by some piece of paper in 20 years and clean their act. Sure. Like North Korea did that to a piece of paper too when it came to nukes.
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Global warming and cooling has only been going on since the planet's existence. Problem is scientists seem to change their theory of which one is going on since it changes all the time and their need to try to blame man for all of it and man is really the United States. China and India continue to pollute away and the only thing we get told is maybe China will abide by some piece of paper in 20 years and clean their act. Sure. Like North Korea did that to a piece of paper too when it came to nukes.
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Global warming and cooling has only been going on since the planet's existence. Problem is scientists seem to change their theory of which one is going on since it changes all the time and their need to try to blame man for all of it and man is really the United States. China and India continue to pollute away and the only thing we get told is maybe China will abide by some piece of paper in 20 years and clean their act. Sure. Like North Korea did that to a piece of paper too when it came to nukes.
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when NASA says they can't go into space if the Kennedy Space Center is underwater it's time for new leadership at NASA. They should be worried about space exploration not politicizing climate change.

That's the problem. Climate Change is real but it's been totally overrun by politics.
Only politicians politicize climate change. Scientists know climate change as a fact, not a political issue.
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Only politicians politicize climate change. Scientists know climate change as a fact, not a political issue.
Yep.

The science supporting anthropogenic climate change is settled.

Only those industries who profit from activities that contribute to ACL and their shills on the regressive right attempt to dispute the science.
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Wow...



Ted Cruz Shouts At Terrified Young Girl: ‘Your World Is On Fire!’ (Video)

It's pretty bad when a political speech is so outrageous, and filled with such sensationalized propaganda, that it can literally frighten young children.
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This was fantastic.



Seth Meyers Openly Mocks Ted Cruz to His Face During Appearance on ‘Late Night’ (Video)

Once again, Ted Cruz proves that he's scientifically illiterate, and Seth Meyers was having none of it.
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Seth Meyers Openly Mocks Ted Cruz to His Face During Appearance on ‘Late Night’ (Video)

Once again, Ted Cruz proves that he's scientifically illiterate, and Seth Meyers was having none of it.
The guy is such a ****ing weasel. He wierds me out. I hate listening to him.
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Busted lying once again.



Ted Cruz Busted by Fact-Checking Site Cherry Picking Data to Push Anti-Climate Change Propaganda

Ted Cruz made a very specific claim recently that for the last 17 years Earth hasn't gotten any warmer. Not surprisingly, the claim doesn't...
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Only politicians politicize climate change. Scientists know climate change as a fact, not a political issue.
Cmon a statement like we can't go into space if we are underwater so we have to focus on the Earth instead of exploring space is flippant and beneath NASA.
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Cmon a statement like we can't go into space if we are underwater so we have to focus on the Earth instead of exploring space is flippant and beneath NASA.
Since NASA's inception they have studied the Earth...Earth is a part of space...duh....
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Now that this nimrod has alienated the scientists, I guess he's moving on to the Xians...

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Absolutely hilarious.



Twitter Erupts into Mockery of Ted Cruz’s Candidacy for President with #TedCruzCampaignSlogans

Get ready, because Ted Cruz's campaign promises to be one of the most ridiculous sideshows this country has ever seen.
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Absolutely hilarious.



Twitter Erupts into Mockery of Ted Cruz’s Candidacy for President with #TedCruzCampaignSlogans



Get ready, because Ted Cruz's campaign promises to be one of the most ridiculous sideshows this country has ever seen.


AMEN BROTHER. FIRE UP the republican clown car from four years ago.

THERE BACK................!

Ted freakin Cruz annnounces his presidency run by stating he will
take healthcare away from millions.

Dont ya just want to take the guy out for a beer. What a guy.....
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Ted Cruz, the Canadian expatriate, is running for president of the United States. What some of his fellow Canadians have to say about him is worth a few minutes of your time.



Watch Canadians React To Ted Cruz Candidacy With Sarcasm And Mockery (IMAGES)

Ex-Canadian Ted Cruz is running for president. But what do his former countrymen think about that, and about the Canadian senator from Texas in...
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L0L!



Summarizing Ted Cruz's First 2016 Campaign Speech: A Sermon Given On Top of a Mountain of Bullsh*t

Not once, out of all the propaganda that Ted Cruz spewed from his mouth, did he actually say how he planned to do anything.
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