Amid Widespread Destructive Weather Outbreaks, Obama Shuts Down Space Observatories
May 25, 2011 • 10:24AM

For more than a year, the Obama White House has waged war against the nation's leading Earth-observation and exploration capabilities in space, including its potential collaboration with other spacefaring nations. Now, with the world's most productive food-producting regions taking a beating from destructive weather events — whose sources are linked to those of super-earthquakes around the Rim of Fire — the Obama Administration has crippled some observation satellites already in space, pushed off and cancelled others.

By cuts in NASA's and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) budget in FY2011, and again for FY2012, three satellite arrays crucial for monitoring Sun, solar wind, and earthquake-precursor activity have been lost in the recent period: GOES 11 as of Feb. 28, when its data stopped being collected; DESDynI, which did not get launched; and the French-American Demeter, shut off in December 2010 after actually detecting recognizable precursor activity to the Haiti earthquake of February 2010.

The White House OMB, in the FY2012 budget message, told NASA to indefinitely "defer," as well, the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) constellation of four satellites. It was designed for extremely precise data collection on solar radiation's interaction with the Earth.

Beyond this, the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) funding was cut out of the FY 2012 budget entirely, with "very serious consequences to our ability to do severe storm warning, long-term weather forecasting, search and rescue, and good weather forecasts" for the polar regions, according to testimony of the Administrator of NOAA. Lyndon LaRouche warned, "It [JPSS] will never be launched as long as Obama is President!"