Two things have stuck out to me from Bobby Jindal’s Republican response:
- Repetitive, overused references to how Louisiana recovered from Hurricane Katrina paired with attempts to show that this relates to getting us out of the economic crisis.
- “$140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’ Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, DC.” This quote was immediately followed by a horrendous flashback to Sarah Palin’s infamous remark about fruit flies last election.
Okay, Jindal. I see your point about government spending. Thing is, some things are worth spending on.
See, just because it’s called the “theory of” plate tectonics doesn’t mean there aren’t active volcanoes, or dormant volcanoes that could become active again.
You know that state in the middle of the Pacific? Y’know? Hawaii? You know why those islands are there?
No, God didn’t put them there. They’re there because they’re sitting on a hot spot.
Oh, but it’s not just limited to the middle of the Pacific. A quick Google search reveals a map of potentially active volcanoes all along the west coast.
But wait! There’s more! Another quick Google search finds a USGS page talking about the benefits of volcano monitoring during the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 2012 (note to self: typing outside in your backyard in the middle of the night may lead to nonsensical typos) in 1991. I quote (and add emphasis):
The monitoring of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and the successful forecasting of its cataclysmic June 15 eruption prevented property losses of at least $250 million (this figure is intentionally conservative and should be considered a minimum value). No monetary value has been placed on the more than 5,000 lives saved, although other cost-benefit analyses have used values from $100,000 to $1 million per life.
Note to Jindal’s speech writers: if the American people can use Google so can you.
Oh, if only it had been $140 million spent on hurricane monitoring. It would tie in with the “we can deal with natural disasters” theme rather well. And by well I mean ironically. And by ironically I mean it would make Jindal more laughable than Palin.
Speaking of which, there were a lot of Facebook status messages that said “Jindal/Palin 2012″ and some of them were serious. Wouldn’t that be great? Then we could have TWO anti-science creationists in the highest seats of public office in America!