In February, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) criticized the fact that the stimulus package provided funding for "volcano monitoring." Ironically, last week, Mt. Redoubt in Alaska erupted, spewing gas 11 miles into the air and sending ash toward Anchorage. In an impassioned floor speech yesterday discussing the "importance of volcano monitoring," Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — who introduced legislation funding volcano monitoring — took a minute to criticize Jindal's ignorant remarks:
MURKOWSKI: I think we're all aware that there has been some recent comments made about federal spending for volcano monitoring and the suggestion perhaps that this might be wasteful money — that we don't have any need to be monitoring volcanoes. And I can assure you, Mr. President, that monitoring volcanoes is critically important to the nation, to the world, and particularly to Alaska right now where we are being held hostage by a volcano.
Curiously, Murkowski voted against the stimulus package that provided funding for volcano monitoring.