An Alaskan slap at Bobby Jindal over volcano monitoring

Redoubt Volcano as seen from Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday. Photo credit: Associated Press

Redoubt Volcano as seen from Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday. Photo credit: Associated Press

This from McClatchy News Service:

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Monday she’ll introduce legislation this week to establish regular funding for the Alaska Volcano Observatory, just one month after fellow Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized the stimulus bill pushed by President Barack Obama for containing spending for volcano monitoring.

‘The multiple eruptions of Alaksa’s Mount Redoubt, which on Monday force the cancellation for several hours of all air service in and out of Anchorage, underscores the need for a reliable and steady budget for volcano observation at the five volcanic observatories run by the U.S. Geological Survey, Murkowski said.

She is proposing a $15 million annual budget for the USGS to run a national early warning and monitoring system.

It just never made sense for someone from Louisiana to criticize spending on a disaster warning system.

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2 comments Add your comment

Bob

April 2nd, 2009
7:53 am

As a citizen of GA, volcano monitoring in Alaska is of no concern to me. The citizens of Alaska should foot the bill for such a service.

Bob

April 2nd, 2009
7:54 am

Not the US taxpayer.