Save the Planetariums

by twit

Cue 'The Blue Danube'

The Adler Planetarium — image via Wonkette

Via the pdf statement by the Adler Planetarium:

McCain: “While we were working to eliminate these pork barrel earmarks he (Senator Obama) voted for nearly $1 billion in pork barrel earmark projects. Including $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?”

To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support – which was not funded – to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere. The Adler’s Zeiss Mark VI projector – not an overhead projector – is the instrument that re-creates the night sky in a dome theater, the quintessential planetarium experience.

Not only is it really sad that John McCain believes that funding an important community education institution qualifies as “pork barrel” spending to be ashamed of, but they didn’t even get the money.

It is like the Adler Planetarium says:

Science literacy is an urgent issue in the United States. To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

oh, and the Adler Planetarium claims that they “never received an earmark as a result of Senator Obama’s efforts” and this “is clearly evidenced by recent transparency laws implemented by the Congress.”