Norman Augustine on the shutdown’s effect on US Antarctic research…

From today’s Chronicle, behind their pay wall: 

“I do not know what the cost of the shutdown will be,” Mr. Augustine said when asked for an estimate of the losses that could result from an Antarctic shutdown. “It is just one more example of what we are doing to rip apart at the grassroots level the fabric of what is one of America’s few remaining competitive advantages: our research and education system. No enemy could have been so effective.”

I couldn’t have said it better.