head stuck right back into sand

I guess Congress didn't like the data they were getting.

"Both networks are key pillars in a much-touted international "system of systems" for earth observation that the Bush Administration has called essential for resolving uncertainties in the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change"

Which is exactly why they didn't like the network: Republicans want "good science" and as long as that science says global warming is actually happening, it ain't lookin' good to them.