The US government once more uses its spaceship program as a virtue signal tool and selects VP Kamala Harris to head the National Space Council, where she focuses on diversity and climate change, among other ‘priorities.’
NASA CEO recently confirmed Bill Nelson on Saturday congratulating Harris that he is “the perfect person to lead the space policy of the federal government.” He did not quote certain credentials, such as relevant knowledge, education or a passion for space exploration, as Harris is the ideal council leader.
Harris is a trained lawyer whose top topics as senator and failed presidential candidate include criminal justice, race, climate change, tax cuts, government-run health care, support of a minimum wage of 15 dollars, and protection of abortion rights. She was also praiseworthy as First Vice-Chairman of South Asian descent, First Black Vice-Chairman of South Asia.
Perhaps her most remarkable NASA brushes came in February, when she summoned Victor Glover to ISS to congratulate him on being the first black person on the commercial aircraft and when in March she called female astronauts Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins in the ISS to commend them as “women in space.”
“As I’ve said before, in America, when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council.”
Rachel Palermo, assistant press secretary to Harris, posted a list of issues on which Harris will focus at the council. Some of the priorities are predictable, such as “peaceful exploration objectives with allies,” but others are head-scratchers, such as “diversity and economic development” and “climate change.”
“The Vice President is the perfect person to lead the federal government’s space policy," says Sen. Bill Nelson, who the U.S. Senate confirmed as our 14th administrator. Read Nelson's full statement about @VP serving as chair of the National Space Council: https://t.co/FTxqBs6emu https://t.co/vKGn2G64sv— NASA (@NASA) May 1, 2021
Harris will have to juggle her new role with some of the other important tasks, such as diplomacy in stemming the flow of illegal Central American aliens. Her efforts as the “border czar,” including her failure to visit the southern border of the country in the context of an immigration crisis, were criticized. When we talked about planting flags on the moon, these concerns only exacerbated.
Again, for a Democrats administration, it wouldn’t be unusual to use the space as a political boundary. Then in 2010 NASA CEO Charles Bolden said that the “possibly main” objective that then President Obama had entrusted him with was “to enable him to make his historical contribution to science, to mathematics and to technology feel good” in Muslim countries.
The @VP will Chair the National Space Council, focusing on:— Rachel Palermo (@RachelPalermo46) May 1, 2021
🚀Sustainable development of commercial space activity
🚀Peaceful norms & responsible behaviors
🚀Peaceful exploration objectives w/allies
🚀Diversity & economic development
“Try planting a flag at the US border,” one Twitter commenter said. Another observer said, “First things first. There are pressing problems of a terrestrial nature that the VP needs to take seriously before she moves on to extra-terrestrial matters.”