Looming Fiscal Cliff

If you live in the United States, the I probably don’t need to tell you about the fiscal cliff. It’s bad news for a lot of people. It’s really bad news for science. I previously wrote specifically about the state of funding in astronomy, and that is even BEFORE the fiscal cliff takes a bite out of the budget.

Take a moment away from wrapping your holiday gifts this year and sign a petition. Write your Congresscritter. Make your voice heard in the final push to avoid sequestration. Here’s my super short and simple message to my representatives and senators:

Support an agreement that will prevent budget sequestration, aka the “fiscal cliff.” Many important programs will suffer, jobs will be lost, and science research will be stifled if this is allowed to happen. Thank you.

Thanks, and see you in the New Year!

2 comments for “Looming Fiscal Cliff

  1. December 27, 2012 at 15:06

    Congratulations on achieving what you have managed to do so far in your field – becoming a post-doc in ANY field of endeavor is no mean feat. That said, I envy you your chosen field. But. I have a question. Would it not be relatively inexpensive to float a radio telescope 60 degrees in front of the Earth – and another 60 degrees behind the Earth (La Grange points)- in its orbit around the sun, giving it, therefore, incredible resolving power? Or visible light systems similar to Hubble? Would we not be able to resolve the Planets around Alpha Centauri or Tau Ceti? As for the whole Fiscal Cliff thing? We’ll go over the cliff – and they’ll do a retroactive fix on things to make it all better – it may be the only way the Republicans will be able to save face in all of this.

    • Nicole
      January 1, 2013 at 14:46

      Thanks! And yeah, that seems to be what they are doing although really I stopped paying attention yesterday out of general annoyance.

      Some projects have tried space-based interferometry before but as far as I understand it, the baselines are very, well, noisy. Doable, yes. Easy, no. http://www.vsop.isas.jaxa.jp/vsop2/

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