Bobby Jindal just got his ash handed to him by Mt Redoubt, in Alaska.
In February, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) decried the presence of expanded funding for “something called ‘volcano monitoring’ ” in President Obama’s stimulus package, turning the geologic program into a flash point for fiscal conservatives and raising the ire of scientists.
Yesterday, policymakers got a chance to reemphasize the importance of the monitoring program after Alaska’s Mount Redoubt erupted overnight, sending five explosive bursts of ash and steam as far as nine miles into the air and shutting down many flights at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
“This is an indicator and proof of the importance of earth science to the United States of America and to the Department of the Interior and the” U.S. Geological Survey, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said during a telephone briefing. “Through the work of the USGS and being able to monitor what was happening with Volcano Redoubt, we were able to actually forecast this event . . . to prevent the endangerment of people and places that would otherwise have occurred.”
I wonder if Sarah Palin can see that from her front porch.
Astute observer TerryHusseinBinTurtle notes that the photo above is from 1990, so it doesn’t count. Slideshow from the most recent series of eruptions is here, but there is nothing as spectacular (yet) as the 1990 photo.