In today’s issue of The Space Review I summarize some of the recent lobbying efforts, and the problems associated with them, that I’ve discussed here in the last week or so, including the dueling March Storms, the SaveNASA effort, and Save Space’s letter-writing campaign. A couple of items in the article that I had not previously posted here:
- Both ProSpace and the Space Frontier Foundation are proceeding with their planned lobbying efforts early next year, although Mike Heney, project manager of the Foundation’s project, said that they’re “not worried about naming the event at this point”.
- Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida, provided a little more information about the source of that claim that the campaign had reached its goal of a half-million letters, saying that a White House staffer he ran into on Capitol Hill mentioned the large number of letters, originally a couple hundred thousand but later increased to 400,000 to 500,000.
Also, to make it clear that it isn’t just the space activist community that has problems with its advocacy, Dwayne Day profiles the lackluster PETA protest outside NASA Headquarters last week: “their theatrics were so underwhelming that they might have failed to make their point.” (The PETA protest, if you missed it, was about plans by NASA to fund research that will involve irradiating monkeys.) Perhaps PETA should have gone with a backup plan: “I’d rather go naked that irradiate monkeys.” At least the passers-by would have appreciated it…