While some of the projects in the [stimulus] bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes … $140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’ Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, DC.

Here you will find the list of 101 reasons why Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal scares me. Does anyone in the GOP think before they open their mouths anymore, and did I hear someone say presidental hopeful, don’t you mean hopeless? Gov. Jindal, try telling the folks who live around the active volcanos in the US that volcano monitoring is wasteful spending. Come on, a fifth grader knows that the U.S. is home to several active volcanos and one that could end life as we know it, which continues to rumble.

Through 5 January 2009, seismic activity has markedly decreased. It is possible that the swarm has ended, though a return of activity may occur as Yellowstone swarms of the size usually last for tens of days to many weeks. About 500 earthquakes occurred between Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Three hundred of the earthquakes (including all >M2.0) have been reviewed by seismologists. There have been 86 earthquakes with M > 2.0 and 16 earthquakes > M3.0. About 200 smaller earthquakes have yet to be reviewed. Depths are difficult to determine accurately. The best located earthquakes have depths on the order of 3 to 10 km (1.8 to 6.0 miles).

It is also important to note that:

A modern full-force Yellowstone eruption could kill millions, directly and indirectly, and would make every volcano in recorded human history look minor by comparison. Fortunately, “super-eruptions” from supervolcanoes have occurred on a geologic time scale so vast that a study by the Geological Society of London declared an eruption on the magnitude of Yellowstone’s biggest (the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago) occurs somewhere on the planet only about once every million years.

Whew, dodged that bullet but the next time the GOP mocks something that has anything to do with science instead of exploding we should just consider the source and Good luck to the good folks of Louisiana, it looks like you’re going to need it.

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