Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

With hurricane season about to enter its peak, The Hill reported that six Democratic Senators demanded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide them assurances that they will put tougher rules in place to prevent another “Sharpie-gate” from interfering with the work of the weather and climate scientists at the agency.

Why This Matters:   Dems are right to demand that there will be no political interference with agency forecasts during this hurricane season — the public’s safety must be paramount.

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Trump Administration Squashing Science Across the Environmental Agencies At All Levels

Trump Administration Squashing Science Across the Environmental Agencies At All Levels

The great extent of the Trump Administration’s efforts to squash science and even the very words “climate change” from research reports as well as policy papers are becoming more evident, thanks to great investigative reporting by The Washington Post and New York Times, and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act through which they obtained revealing emails that tell the story — repeatedly.

Why This Matters:   President Bush’s (’43) Administration also tried to squash climate science and subsequently agencies like NOAA put in place strong scientific integrity policies to prevent such interference with agency research and its results.

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First Named Storm of the Season – Tropical Storm Arthur – Heads for NC Coast

First Named Storm of the Season – Tropical Storm Arthur – Heads for NC Coast

Hurricane season does not officially start until June 1, but the first named storm of the season is arriving early — Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to graze or even come ashore along North Carolina’s Outer Banks later today. 

Why This Matters:  The state of North Carolina has been battered by storms over the last few years.

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Sharpie Gate In Sharper Focus —  Emails Show Damage From Trump “Forecast” Map

Sharpie Gate In Sharper Focus — Emails Show Damage From Trump “Forecast” Map

Late Friday evening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration dumped more than a thousand of pages of documents about the President’s changes to the hurricane Dorian forecast map and the recriminations afterward that Jason Leopold from Buzzfeed News had requested.  He then tweeted out some of the doozies.

Why This Matters:  The pattern is hauntingly familiar to anyone watching the impeachment hearings and trial.  Good public servants — some appointed by the President and some career — were doing their best to deal with the fallout from the rash actions of a President blatantly misusing the power of his office.

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Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

Top Stories of 2019: Climate Change Hits Home in “Sharpie” Focus

When we look back in 30 years, it could be that 2019 will be remembered as the year that climate change emergency finally broke through — as the year when, thanks to the President’s absurd denials, a consistent focus on climate change by Democrats, and the relentless pounding of severe storms and record heat in every region, the majority of Americans now believe climate change is real and the U.S. government is not doing enough to address it.  

Why This Matters:  Climate change will be a major focus in the 2020 elections.

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In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts and Her Legacy of Pursuing the Truth

In Memoriam: Cokie Roberts and Her Legacy of Pursuing the Truth

Although the news of journalist Cokie Robert’s passing came about two weeks ago, we wanted to take the time to honor her memory and her legacy of hard-hitting, honest journalism. Cokie will be remembered as pithy, unrelenting, and as a woman who blazed a trail in the male-dominated media landscape. But more than anything, her […]

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