January 10, 2006

Boehlert in Antarctica

I don't normally report on the whereabouts of Congressmen, but it's kind of unusual for the Congressman representing Dryden, currently Sherwood Boehlert, to visit Antarctica.

He's apparently gone there before:

"It has been a marvelous experience," Boehlert said of his second visit to Antarctica. "People ask why Antarctica, the reason is simply that its laboratory conditions are ideal. Antarctica is pollution free. It is as pure as can be. It is ideal for some of our most important research."...

Boehlert said the U.S. has an investment of more than $1 billion in research facilities and spends approximately $250 million per year on the U.S. Antarctic Program, in fields such as astronomy, biology and atmospheric and earth science. "This critical scientific work includes the research that discovered the hole in the ozone layer and research on the melting of ice sheets, which could have a significant effect on sea levels," he said.

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