With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it; “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal government of the US-of-A.
If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the Apocalyptos- both professional and amateur.
Crowds will soon gather at the foot of one monument or another in DC, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, would lead a rally of chanting, jazz-handed protestors, all equipped with pocket protectors and short pants bought mostly by mom or grandma.
So if we want to spare ourselves THAT eventuality, we must do ”something” now.
Well, that “something” can take a lot of forms, but Peter Garretson a strategist at with the United States Air Force says gravely in The Space Review that: “IT’S TIME FOR A REAL POLICY ON ASTEROIDS.”
To think that all this time we’ve been putting up with a phony, make-do policy on asteroids. Who do we think we are? A bunch of dinosaurs?
Look what make-shift policy got them after 185 million years of do-nothing.
And they thought that they were SOOOOO cool.
Garretson then goes on to mention the usual suspects when it’s time to DO SOMETHING: The United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Congress, the US Air Force, NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Department of Energy.
I’m reading that list and thinking: It’s almost as if he wants a catastrophic asteroid to hit the earth—which of course he does.
And he’s not alone.
“How stupid if we got hit because we weren’t looking?” former astronaut Ed Lu, who runs a non-profit that cheers for asteroid collisions, told Wired Magazine. “That seems crazy to me.”
Yeah, it will be much better when the government spends lots of money on it, knows about it and does nothing.