Friday, August 7, 2009

Kay rebuffed in her attempts to modify hurricanes...

Back in March, I was one of the only bloggers to uncover that Kay was trying to spend a bunch of money to change the weather (link). She is still playing Don Quixote about it, and someone probably needs to sternly tell her that trying to control hurricanes is a huge boondoggle and waste of money. Please. Let's not spend money on this right now.

Kay wants to spend 125 million dollars to study whether we can change the weather enough to stop hurricanes (link). Excerpt follows...

Is this the last word? Maybe not. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) recently introduced The Weather Mitigation Research and Development Policy Authorization Act of 2009. The legislation proposes appropriations of $25,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to the National Science Foundation. Of this, 34 percent is to be divided and transferred to NASA and, yes, NOAA.

The legislation speaks only of weather modification in general without specifically mentioning hurricanes. However, this press release makes clear Hutchison's intentions to "mitigate the impact of severe climate and weather events, particularly hurricanes and storm surges." At a recent Senate hearing (which I attended) on Weathering the Storm: The Need for a National Hurricane Initiative, Hutchison reinforced her intentions but left no hint that she was aware of the DHS program and NOAA's rebuff (watch Hutchison speak).

Spinrad testified at the hearing, but deftly avoided answering direct questions about his thoughts on hurricane modification.

Kay on video...

I have not watched this video, but it is the one linked in the Washington Post article.


  1. were you not aware? hurricanes will yield to the great KBH as she proceeds to her TX coronation

  2. Craig Washington's bed linensAugust 7, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Has she proposed to use a process like Botox on the great storms? To change their appearance so their not so huge and scary to the citizens of Texas? That’s a process that she has some experience with.

  3. Full of hot air. Swirling about without any regard to what is happening around. Sounds about right.


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