No One Gets Anything Done During A Shutdown

How the Partial Government Shutdown Is Hampering Climate Efforts, EE News via Scientific American

"The inevitable result [of a shutdown] is that everything costs more and you do less," said Keith Cowing, editor of the space publication NASA Watch. Most of NASA's workforce has been furloughed, with the exception of top officials and those who work on critical missions such as the continued operation of the International Space Station. That puts NASA's climate scientists in a strange position, Cowing said. Their instruments and satellites still will collect data, but few if any researchers will be around to analyze the information. "What's affecting them is affecting every mission at NASA," he said. "There's nobody there. The lights are not on."

Trump threatens years-long shutdown for his wall as GOP support begins to fracture, Washington Post

"President Trump warned Friday that the partial government shutdown could go on for months or even years, delivering no real breakthrough with congressional leaders as his own administration scrambled to shore up support among Republicans for a gambit that has started to fracture."

Houston, We Have a Problem -- It's Washington (Op-Ed), Paul Shearon, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers

"Houston, we have a problem." Remember back when NASA missions, such as Apollo 13, were scrubbed due to mechanical issues? Today, NASA's missions are being delayed and the space agency is being damaged for the long-term -- not by equipment failure, but by the failure of our elected leaders to reach a budget agreement. On Dec. 22, 95 percent of NASA's scientists, technical workers and other employees were furloughed -- for the third time in the past year."

Keith's note: How will NASA be able to accomplish the tasks it has to accomplish if this shutdown continues long-term as the President is threatening to do?

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