(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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