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Posted 2012-06-28 13:16:43
NASA cancels climate studies in Thailand
BANGKOK, June 28 - The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) cancelled its plan to conduct atmospheric studies this year following the Thai Cabinet's decision to refer the matter for deliberation in a joint sitting of Parliament.
"NASA cancelled the SEAC4RS mission, which was scheduled to begin in August 2012, due to the absence of necessary approvals by regional authorities in the timeframe necessary to support the mission's planned deployment and scientific observation window." the US space agency said in an announcement on its website.
The cancellation came after Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had announced on Tuesday that her Cabinet was forwarding the NASA request to use U-Tapao naval airbase to conduct atmospheric studies to Parliament for a non-voting debate for transparency following heavy criticism from the opposition and critics.
The premier today declined to give any comment on the NASA cancellation.
NASA earlier said it would suspend its plan to use the airport if the Thai government did not grant a permission for its request by June 26 as the agency could not move its equipment on time for the project implementation scheduled in August and September.
The Southeast Asia Composition, Cloud, Climate Coupling Regional Study (SEAC4RS) is scheduled to take to the field in August. The campaign is being lead by Brian Toon, chair of the University of Colorado's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Dr Toon is a veteran of NASA airborne campaigns, including flights to study the Antarctic ozone hole and the atmospheric effects of volcanic eruptions.
Some scientists believe that Southeast Asia is the primary place where new air is transported into the stratosphere. SEAC4RS is designed to investigate that hypothesis and provide new insights into exactly what the effects are of pollution vapours and tiny particles called aerosols that reach the stratosphere. SEAC4RS is to address issues of global concern, according to information posted on the US space agency's website.
NASA proposed to base its SEAC4RS aircraft in Thailand so that they can sample the two big meteorological drivers of the region's atmospheric circulation: the summertime monsoon circulation to the west and marine convection to the east and south that can loft emissions into the stratosphere, NASA said. (MCOT online news)
-- TNA 2012-06-28
Posted 2012-06-28 13:23:24
Good !!, I am glad they did cancel it and I hope it is canceled forever and they move it to a more rational country.
Posted 2012-06-28 13:25:46
Scientific community would be devasted.
Opportunity to learn for young Thai scientists gone out the window due to good old fashioned beurocracy and nationalistic agendas.
Sad day for Thailand.
Posted 2012-06-28 13:46:13
Doubters? Is there any doubt?
Posted 2012-06-28 13:49:12
This is what the US has to deal with thanks to its record of aggression and asserting itself on smaller countries. This mission was most likely in good faith and would have been beneficial to the causes of science and environmentalism, but the world is simply wary and distrustful of the US, Thailand included. I'm American, but the truth is obvious even to me.
Posted 2012-06-28 13:50:13
Two steps forward, three steps back. Two steps forward, 4 steps back. At this rate it won't be long before Thailand looks at it's more advanced and prosperous neighbours to the West, North-East and South-East with envious eyes.
But hey ! Becoming a 4th world banana republic could have benefits for the government as well. When you are at the bottom, you can hope that there's nowhere to go but up (eventually, maybe).
Posted 2012-06-28 13:51:32
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had announced on Tuesday that her Cabinet was forwarding the NASA request to use U-Tapao naval airbase to conduct atmospheric studies to Parliament for a non-voting debate for transparency following heavy criticism from the opposition and critics.!!!!! Seems like the politicians in this country have the interlectual capacity of a fried egg.
Posted 2012-06-28 13:53:36
Hot air emanating from Thai parliament house may prove to be the sole cause of global warming?
Posted 2012-06-28 13:59:51
I agree but I am not sure that the intent of the mission was to benefit science. The photo on the front page of the BKK Post showed the supposed weather plane. They used to be called U2s during the Cold War and their purpose was far from being weather data collection
Posted 2012-06-28 14:01:40
NASA may not be her father, but Uncle Sam could have given Brother Thaksin a visa and they would have had their test
Posted 2012-06-28 14:02:12
I read that when this was previously submitted to the Dem Government it had been agreed without issue, then with the change of Government the Dems changed tact and decided to oppose the plans... can anyone shed any light on this aspect? Seems strange that they would switch stances from being in power to becoming the opposition.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:02:35
The world is distrustful of their neighbor in the next town, it's called parochialism.
A wasteful anachronism in a global world. But the more 'behind the development curve' of the local political system, the more likely parochialism will rule the day.
Edited by animatic, 2012-06-28 14:03:18.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:05:25
As though Nasa studying the climate over South East Asia has any direct benefit to the USA. If Thailand isn't worried about understanding the South East Asian monsoon better, stuff them.
It isn't as though, Thailand, never ever suffers things like serious floods or drought.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:06:12
Thailand ..... The Hub of Childish Stupidity......... except in Thailand's case it is perpetuated by the adult politician not the children.
I wonder if Guiness has a category for political stupidity ....
Sad day for Thailand and such a loss of face as seen by the rest of the world.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:06:34
What's to explain? The people who hated the idea of an American agency doing a research study in Thailand and the people who doubted the intentions of the 2 month study, thinking that NASA was going to spy on Thailand (as if Thailand is some advanced superpower!!) have got what they wanted: That is the project cancelled. Hysteria was caused by the demorats, always putting the political interests ahead of the nation.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:06:51
I don't think they actually "opposed" the plan, they just wanted the current deal to be transparent.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:07:54
Yep. The US is going to use outdated U-2s based in Thailand to spy on China (or maybe they are within range of the Middle East!). Better they should have junked them, along with the SR-71s, rather than using them for scientific purposes. After all, once a spy plane, always a spy plane.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:10:03
So why did NASA cancel the project instead of wait 2 months to start their spying?
Posted 2012-06-28 14:10:10
With the chief characteristic being that it can fly high, over weather. duh!
I would say the most likely reasons Thailand did not want this project is 1) There was no quid pro quo available from the US government, ie:Thyaksin visas or outright bribe money 2) The current administration was fearful that it's own activities might somehow come under the spotlight such as when the US shared intelligence with the last administration during the Red Shirt insurrection.
Anyway, now you know why your internet's so bad. They did the same thing when Global Crossing came calling.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:10:38
Well I doubt that very much I think you Americans are so scared of your own government, that you are constantly fixated on the conspiracy theory that might or might not happen.
Personally i think it was due to the fact that Thailand cant make its mind up on anything. Its political process is so ancient its the one thing that is destroying this country from the inside out.
They were probably in fighting over how much they should charge the Americans for using the land. They have well and truly shot themselves in the foot this time.
The pure laziness of officials in Thailand begs belief. They are some of the worst corrupt members of government in the world today.
It will continue to be a major problem for this country until the social and political structure is dragged into the 21st century.
Wow Ouch!!! that hurt!
Edited by blueshark, 2012-06-28 14:14:26.
Posted 2012-06-28 14:11:22
Thanks to the bravery of the Democrat Party and the resourcefulness of the People's Alliance for Democracy, the Thai people (and all us wise and loyal farang) now know the truth behind "NASA's" request for a so-called climate study center at U-Tapao: it's a facility to control the weather and cause natural disasters, granted to the US so that they can give Thaksin a US visa. It would be equivalent to surrendering Thai sovereignty to the US, and allowing them to use Thai soil to wage war against their enemies.
The editors at Prachatai are red-shirt cowards who refused to show the full evidence that the PAD revealed: that prototype weather control facilities have already been used to cause untold harm to China and other allies of Thailand.
When the Democrat Party allowed the US to use U-Tapao for Operation Enduring Freedom, at least that was visible to the public. But who knows what nasty secret plans the US has for this scary new super-weapon?
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