Top official at NOAA demands investigation into why agency supported Donald Trump’s lie about Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama.

By |2019-09-10T08:06:41-08:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Beaglemom September 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I think that investigation begins and ends with Wilbur Ross.

  2. Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    They allowed trumps lie because they are natural borrn ass lickers. They should ask micheal cohen how that worked out for him.

  3. Anonymous September 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Bye bye ,wildlife and wild areas in the US, trump probable wants to open these lands up so he can build “resorts’ on them, besides killing off all the wild creatures.
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    US expands hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges
    By KEITH RIDLER – The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in a move that critics contend is deferring management to states and could harm wildlife.
    The Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunters and anglers can shoot and cast their rods on 2,200 square miles (5,700 square kilometers) of federally protected land in 37 states, much of which is considered critical habitat for waterfowl and other birds to rest and refuel during their migration.

    “This is the largest single effort to expand hunting and fishing access in recent history,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said last month before the changes were posted Tuesday in the Federal Register.
    It’s the latest effort by the Trump administration to open public lands to recreation and industry, including oil and gas drilling, which critics say comes at the expense of the environment and wildlife.

    President Donald Trump also has scaled back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, a move that opened the lands that were cut to potential drilling and mining. New plans for the monuments allow more grazing and recreation.
    Hunting and fishing will be allowed at seven national wildlife refuges for the first time and expanded at 70 others. The agency, which also now permits it at 15 national fish hatcheries, said some 5,000 regulations have been eliminated or simplified to match state rules.
    Conservationists said the changes went into effect without adequate environmental review.

    “While the Trump policy retains federal ownership, it basically eviscerates federal management,” said Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “The states end up managing federal land with federal dollars but following state laws. That’s a sea change from federal management for conservation and biodiversity rather than promoting hunting.”

    One of the big concerns is that state and federal officials don’t appear to have a monitoring system to see what effect the changes might have, not only on game species but those that aren’t hunted, Ruch said……..

  4. Anon September 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Working under this administration means to leave your integrity at the door or be prepared to be fired if you have any.

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