(Sacramento, California) Increasing concerns of Californians over the environmental and
spiritual impacts of satellite launches from Vandenberg have led to the introduction of legislation
that could greatly restrict or even eliminate such activities in the state.
The first concern is pollution from both solid fuel and liquid fuel rockets. Solid fuel rockets
produce a 'witches brew' of chemical by-products that are spread over large areas by high altitude winds after launch.
Liquid fuel rockets, using only hydrogen and oxygen, have long been considered benign in their
impacts on the enviroment. But under California law, the resulting water vapor that is produced during combustion
is illegal as well, since it is the Earth's primary greenhouse gas, and greenhouse gases
are now known by all reputable scientists to cause global warming.
The second concern is the widespread disruption in energy balancing and holistic healing services being reported by
spiritual counselors during and after rocket launches at Vandenberg. "It has gotten to the point
where I just cancel all of my appointments on launch days", said Monterey spiritual counselor Aura
Hummingbird. "My crystals' energy fields are totally disrupted for at least twenty four hours."
A less restrictive version of the bill being considered would allow launches to continue, but require both
the launch vehicle and the
satellites they carry to have warning labels stating that
the space hardware contains components known by the state of California
to cause environmental and geospiritual damage.
NASA Deputy Administrator Buzz Lightfoot told ecoEnquirer, "We are closely watching the legislative process in California.
NASA has always been committed to reducing environmental impacts...given sufficient funding from congress, of course."
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