Perhaps he should start his investigatio nwith Wilbur Ross.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
A top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told colleagues in an email Sunday that he is investigating the agency’s decision to back President Trump’s inaccurate map of Hurricane Dorian’s path, The Washington Post reports. The director of the National Weather Service, also broke with leadership on Monday. Director Louis Uccellini got a standing ovation when he told a crowd of meteorologists at a conference in Huntsville, Alabama, that he commends the forecasters who corrected false statements made by President Trump.
Craig McLean, NOAA’s acting chief scientist, wrote that he is “pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity” after the agency released a statement that contradicted a National Weather Service forecaster. The NWS forecaster was correcting falsities that the president asserted about Dorian’s expected path. “My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political,” McClean wrote. “… I have a responsibility to pursue these truths.” Shortly after Trump incorrectly stated that Dorian might hit Alabama, NOAA staff was told not to contradict the president or “provide any opinion” on the situation. The agency’s backing of Trump and its direction not to speak out on the inaccuracy has angered many employees.
Late last night we heard who may be responsible for this debacle.
Courtesy of NYT:
The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at the federal scientific agency responsible for weather forecasts last Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.
That threat led to an unusual, unsigned statement later that Friday by the agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, disavowing the National Weather Service’s position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew accusations from the scientific community that the National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA, had been bent to political purposes.
NOAA’s statement on Friday is now being examined by the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times, and employees have been asked to preserve their files. NOAA is a division of the Commerce Department.
Of course, the Secretary of Commerce is Trump appointee Wilbur Ross who was apparently recruited to do his boss’s dirty work.
And of course his office denies that he threatened anybody.
But of course we know that he probably did.
Because that is how the Trump Administration works.