Uncategorized

Science and the Shutdown

As the blame-game on the government shutdown continues in Washington, we’re just beginning to see how North Carolina workers and popular landmarks are being affected.nsf

Reddit has a fascinating thread going today on how the work of scientists is being sidelined while Congress hashes out their disagreements.

Websites like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are dark. Some projects are postponing field work. Others are worried about upcoming grant cycles and when grant applications that have been submitted might be reviewed.

The thread is fairly free from partisan politics, and gives many of us non-scientist types a glimpse at some of the research that’s now on hold.

2 Comments


  1. GOP Rules

    October 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Well, if it shuts down the so called science of global warming, or the new term climate change, then true progress has been made. As far as NASA, are they still in business? I thought the president basically shut them down now that they are pretty much out of the space flight business.

  2. Alan

    October 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Doogie/LSD/GOP Rules,

    “The so called science of global warming”????? It’s comments like this that exposes the true ignorance of the GOP and their supporters. There is no debate about global warming, the only ‘debate’ is taking place on the likes of Faux News, ably supported by the fossil fuel industry. It’s scientific fact, and has been for many years. And no, it’s not some liberul conspiracy either. It’s fact. What is it about science, and facts, that the GOP don’t seem to get?

    Next you’ll be telling us planet earth is only 6000 years old and dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

    What about challenging the so called science of gravity? I hear there’s a great deal of debate about it’s existence.

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. General Assembly-ordered cuts likely to hamper services ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When Gov. Roy Cooper visits Wilmington on Monday, it's unlikely that he will be greeted by the [...]

When Gov. Roy Cooper signed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention or STOP Act into law last month, [...]

Support for needy districts and key positions within North Carolina’s top public school agency may b [...]

Wilmington is bustling this summer. Downtown, horse-drawn carriages take tourists along the riverfro [...]

It’s not an original thought to point out that the Trump Administration is a larger version of what [...]

Why this is not “business as usual” and should not be condoned Sometimes all one can do is stand and [...]

5.0---percentage of overall state spending in the 2017-2018 budget passed by the General Assembly as [...]

The post A legislative addiction appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more