Donald Trump has some wacky ideas. One of the strangest is that he does not believe in climate change. Just look at his attitude toward Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico. He jetted down for the day, well most of the day. Three weeks after the disaster, he declared FEMA a grand success and intends to pull the organization out shortly. This in spite of nearly half of the island nation without running water. No climate change, no disaster. Speaking of climate change…
It is hard to imagine that Trump really does not believe in climate change. If only he was just playing to his ultra-conservative base. Yet, in 2012, the president-in-waiting tweeted this:
‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.’
Then, during his presidential campaign, Trump tweeted this:
‘It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a
big fat dose of global warming!’
The president tried to obliterate President Barack Obama’s EPA legacy that was to slow down climate change, and pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. So, it should come as no surprise who he hired to head up the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
NOAA is in charge of weather and climate research, weather satellites, and climate data. It also protects the coasts, fisheries, and oceans and keeps the public informed about problems, such as the California wildfires.
Trump picked the chief executive of AccuWeather, Barry Myers, to lead NOAA. Meyers’ company is a private weather forecasting organization. The businessman and attorney is the first non-scientist to lead the agency. Myers’ business relies heavily on NOAA data.
The Weather Coalition is an advocacy group that works to improve the country’s weather industry. Co-chair Ray Ban supports Myers, The Washington Post reported:
‘[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.’
Others point out that Meyers’ conflicts of interest and lack of scientific background negatively affect his ability to make the sound, science-based decisions the position requires. Former communications director of NOAA during President Barack Obama’s administration, Ciaran Clayton, said this to the Washington Post:
‘Barry Myers defines ‘conflict of interest. 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.’
The National Weather Service labor union, the NWS Employees Organization spokesperson, Richard Hirn, said the union is adamantly against Meyers.
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