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Commerce department wrote NOAA statement refuting Alabama Weather Service (RE: Hurricane Dorian)


A letter sent Thursday from the chair of the House Science Committee to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reveals that it was the Commerce Department, not the leadership of its National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that drafted a controversial NOAA statement on Sept. 6 that backed President Trump’s false statement about the path of Hurricane Dorian. That statement contradicted NOAA’s own meteorologists at a weather forecast office in Birmingham, Ala.


Aside from Jacobs himself, who holds a PhD in meteorology, none of the individuals involved in its drafting is a scientist. NOAA’s scientific integrity policy prohibits political interference with the conduct and communication of the agency’s scientific findings.

Jacobs had fought issuing the statement and also tried to block the paragraph that admonished the National Weather Service office in Birmingham that tweeted that Alabama would “NOT see any impacts” from Hurricane Dorian. However, Jacobs lost both those arguments, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Post.

The Science Committee letter was a follow-up to a letter sent on Sept. 11 to Ross requesting answers to questions and documents pertaining to Trump’s tweet and the events that followed. The Sept. 11 letter requested a response from the Commerce Department by Sept. 20, but Thursday’s letter noted that the Committee “has yet to receive any responsive materials” and asked for them “as soon as possible” — no later than Oct. 18.

GE Slashes pensions for 20,000 employees


General Electric Co said on Monday it was freezing pension plans for about 20,000 U.S. employees with salaried benefits, as the industrial conglomerate makes another drastic move to cut debt and reduce its pension deficit by up to $8 billion.


Boston-based GE said there would be no change for retirees already collecting pension benefits. "Returning GE to a position of strength has required us to make several difficult decisions, and today's decision to freeze the pension is no exception," Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Cox said. Shares rose 2.6% to $8.79 in premarket trading. The company said it will offer a limited-time lump-sum payment option to about 100,000 former employees who have not yet started their monthly pension plan payments.

Del Monte foods closing 2 more plants, laying off hundreds


Del Monte Foods is closing two manufacturing plants and selling two others, affecting more than 800 jobs.

Company executives (say the company) is streamlining its domestic operations amid headwinds that include U.S. tariffs on China and rising metal costs.

Food manufacturers announced nearly 16,000 layoffs in the first seven months of the year, the highest for the period since 2009.

Just sayin'.

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