Here’s the letter I just sent to Senator Bill Nelson. Please read the linked stories, do your own research, and decide where you stand. I hope you will also write Senator Bill Nelson, and Marco Rubio for that matter (though you can expect an eventual answer from “email@example.com…” when his drones get around to reading his mail for him). Click here to contact Senator Bill Nelson.
If you’re a political cartoonist, here’s a free idea:
Senator Nelson was an Astronaut. The issue is a proposed new spaceport (note: the Kennedy Space Center is right next door, and NASA is downsizing) that is to be built on Merritt Island Nation Wildlife Refuge. It’s a bad idea on so many levels.
The following is my letter, including some (anonymous) quotes from people way smarter than I am about this subject. I hope you’ll write and send your own.
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To: Honorable Bill Nelson, Senator of Florida
Washington, D.C. Office
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
RE: Stop the Spaceport
I am a native Floridian, a small business owner, a recently-graduated (Master’s degree) student of science, history and environmental policy. I vote. I encourage my friends to do their homework and vote for good candidates.
I once had a lot of respect for you as a Floridian, an Astronaut, a leader and a representative of the people of our state. Surely I’ve disagreed with previous decisions of yours, but none has left me feeling so disappointed in you until now. I would have encouraged you to run for governor against Rick Scott, but I’m just appalled at the moment. I’m sorry for being so blunt, but I just thought you’d want to know that many of us are not impressed.
The following is what your would-be supporters are saying about your lack of leadership regarding the commercial space port proposal. You should have opposed this from the beginning. It makes no business sense and it is an environmental abomination. Continue reading