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$700K for Climate Change Musical

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by GBFan, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. GBFan

    GBFan Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2013
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    It looks like the National Science Foundation has been handing out grants for some unorthodox research projects, according to House Republicans.

    This includes $700,000 in funding for a climate change musical.

    House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith questioned White House science czar John Holdren in a Thursday hearing over whether or not the National Science Foundation (NSF) should have to justify its use of taxpayer dollars to fund projects. Smith pointed out some examples of questionable projects the NSF has funded.

    • $700,000 on a climate change musical
    • $15,000 to study fishing practices around Lake Victoria in Africa
    • $340,000 to examine the “ecological consequences” of early human fires in New Zealand
    • $200,000 for a three-year study of the Bronze Age around the Mediterranean
    • $50,000 to survey archived 17th Century lawsuits in Peru
    • $20,00 to look at the causes of stress in Bolivia
    “The Administration’s willful disregard for public accountability distracts from the important issues of how America can stay ahead of China, Russia, and other countries in the highly-competitive race for technological leadership,” said Smith, a Texas Republican.

    “All government employees and their agency heads need to remember they are accountable to the American taxpayer who pays their salary and funds their projects,” he added. “It is not the government’s money; it’s the people’s money.”

    The $700,000 went to the play “The Great Immensity,” which is being put on by an investigative theater group called The Civilians. The play is set to premiere next month in New York City.

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