Pandering to the anti-science wing of conservatism last night, Bobby Jindal ridiculed volcano monitoring as wasteful spending. Would Jindal include Wasilla's neighborhood volcano as an instance of wasteful volcano monitoring? Just three weeks ago, monitors warned of the potential for a major eruption.
Maybe the Louisana governor would be pleased if the National Weather Service ended wasteful hurricane tracking in the Gulf.
Here in the Midwest, hurricanes and volcanoes aren't a concern. But please don't take away our tornado warnings. They can seem a nuisance, but we still appreciate the heads up.