10 Aug '11, 9pm

Cutting funding for science is like cutting America's vision for the future. - @neiltyson.

Instead of closing corporate tax loopholes or eliminating huge tax breaks for the wealthy, Congress is cutting vital programs -- and scientific research and development is on top of the list (along with funding for such things as programs that provide assistance to the poor). There are countless reasons why this is majorly problematic for the future well-being of the nation. Just talking green, we could see cuts to clean energy R&D, battery development, energy efficiency research, and so on. The proposed cuts -- and specifically the proposed termination of the successor to the Hubble telescope, the James Webb -- have renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson fed up. Above, he delivers an impassioned, eloquent diatribe on the importance of funding science to the nation. And for the most part, he's right on. Maintaining ample funding for scientific pursuits does more t...

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