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    Posted February 24, 2009 by
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    Educating Jindal About Volcanic Hazards to US Commerce

    Bobby Jindal called Obama irresponsible for wasting tax payers dollars on Volcano monitoring. Well someone should tell Jindal he's being irresponsible for calling volcano monitoring pork. Volcanoes kill people on the ground, and have come close on numerous occasions to killing people in the air. This is why the monitoring is in place. And while Jindal has, and probably never will see a volcano go off in his state, doesn't mean they aren't going off somewhere else in the US. At any given time there are alerts out for 2-3 volcanoes in Alaska, not to mention the arc of volcanoes from Eastern Russia to Japan. All it takes is one of these to go off without monitoring in place, to create a dangerous situation that could distrupt air traffic and cargo transport for days along the Pacific Rim. Anybody want to add up the millions of dollars in commerce the would be lost because you have no idea which volcano has, or is about to go off between Asia and the West Coast? That and where its ash cloud is headed. Going through volcanic ash, is not like going through a cloud of puffy smoke, its more like hitting a rock wall and a sandblaster, that destroys a planes engines as fast as any flock of birds over New York City. Maybe we need to plant a volcano on Bobby's doorstep so he can educate himself about what is pork and what isn't. For more information on the real threat that volcanoes pose to US Commerce every day, visit...

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