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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:59 PM

Trump taps AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA, breaking with precedent of nominating scientists

Source: Washington Post

Trump taps AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA, breaking with precedent of nominating scientists

By Jason Samenow October 12 at 3:00 PM Follow @capitalweather

(This story has been updated.)

Barry Myers, the chief executive of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, is President Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... The appointment of Myers, a businessman and lawyer, breaks from the recent precedent of scientists leading the agency tasked with a large, complex and technically demanding portfolio. ... The agency oversees the National Weather Service, conducts and funds weather and climate research, and operates a constellation of weather satellites as well as a climate data center. It also has critical responsibilities in monitoring and protecting the nation’s coasts, oceans and fisheries.

Myers’s supporters say he brings valuable experience from the private sector that will help NOAA advance its capabilities. ... “{I}n an Administration that places high value on business acumen, Barry brings a strong track record in growing one of the most successful companies in the weather industry,” said Ray Ban, co-chair of the Weather Coalition, an advocacy group for strengthening America’s weather industry across sectors.
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As NOAA administrator, Myers would be in charge of the Weather Service whose data are heavily used by his family business, based in State College, Pa. ... AccuWeather has, in the past, supported measures to limit the extent to which the Weather Service can release information to the public, so that private companies could generate their own value-added products using this same information. In 2005, for example, Myers and his brother Joel gave money to then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who introduced legislation aimed at curtailing government competition with private weather services.

“Barry Myers defines ‘conflict of interest,'” said Ciaran Clayton, who was communications director at NOAA in the Obama administration. “He actively lobbied to privatize the National Weather Service, which works day in and day out to protect the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, to benefit his own company’s bottom line.” ... Myers’s appointment is strongly opposed by the labor union for the National Weather Service, the NWS Employees Organization, for this same reason. “As NOAA administrator, he would be in a position to fundamentally alter the nature of weather services that NOAA provides the nation, to the benefit of his family-owned business,” said Richard Hirn, a spokesperson for the union.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/12/trump-taps-barry-myers-accuweather-ceo-to-head-noaa-choice-seen-as-controversial/



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Reply Trump taps AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA, breaking with precedent of nominating scientists (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Oct 12 OP
not fooled Oct 12 #1
irisblue Oct 12 #2
Matthew28 Oct 12 #3
BlueIdaho Oct 12 #4
Nictuku Oct 12 #5
Matthew28 Oct 12 #6
Initech Oct 12 #7
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alarimer Oct 13 #9

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:10 PM

1. Privatization in...

3...2...1...

I don't even need to read the article to know what's up. Fuckers are looting the country, one piece at a time.

Had a discussion with a driver yesterday when I was a captive audience. He loves dump because he thinks we need a "successful businessman" running the country in order to stem the tide of creeping socialism. I gave him an earful but he is all for selling off the government. 40 years of right wing propaganda have worked.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:19 PM

2. Accuweather was a pet project of former Sen Santorum, yeah that guy in 2005

🤔 trump + Santorum....🤔

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:45 PM

3. How stupid

Privatization will take our weather service from the best on earth to one of the third world.

ONly the rich will ever be able to afford the crappiest form of warning. WTF?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:26 PM

4. The same company whos app

Steals customer data even when they opt out of data sharing? That’s just peachy.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:27 PM

5. I worked at Accuweather in State College in 1998-9

Definitely a conflict of interest here....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:31 PM

6. Accuweather are thiefs

They steal tax payer provided model data, satellite imagery, radar and surface obs. Never in a 100 million years could these bastards maintain this sort of infrastructure. The goddamn poor republican are the ones that get hit by most of the tornadoes, hurricanes and flash floods in this country but they're too fucking stupid to realize how lucky they're to have the nws on their side.

Stupid bastards.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 11:48 PM

7. Deploying Skynet to the US government was always the plan.

We just delayed it. Now it's here. Time to be afraid.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 05:32 AM

8. still draining the swamp of intelligent people

I guess that's what twump meant.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 09:33 AM

9. They have wanted to get rid of the National Weather Service for years.

(except of course NOAA is responsible for many other things, like fisheries, which this guy knows nothing about).

This fucker uses PUBLIC DATA for free and then wants to claim NWS is unfairly competing with him. Some "capitalist". It is public data and we have the right to it, since we pay for it.

I can see it now. Different subscription plans for different levels of forecast accuracy.

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