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Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/climate/hurrican-dorian-trump-tweet.html

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WASHINGTON — The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing the office’s own position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew criticism from the scientific community that NOAA, a division of the Commerce Department, had been bent to political purposes.

Officials at the White House and the Commerce Department declined to comment on administration involvement in the NOAA statement.

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3 minutes ago, Sean said:

This gets stranger all the time -

Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/climate/hurrican-dorian-trump-tweet.html

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WASHINGTON — The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing the office’s own position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew criticism from the scientific community that NOAA, a division of the Commerce Department, had been bent to political purposes.

Officials at the White House and the Commerce Department declined to comment on administration involvement in the NOAA statement.

Wilbur Fucking Ross.  The lying, cheating money-laundering Russian-loving schmuck from the slimy Bank of Cyprus.

 

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It get's worse.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reportedly threatened to fire top employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after officials contradicted President Trump’s claim that Alabama could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. 

Trump faced pushback from meteorologists last week after stating that Alabama would potentially feel the effects of Dorian. The warning, which came via tweet, prompted the National Weather Service's Birmingham branch to emphasize on Twitter that the state would not be affected by the storm. 

 

Trump adamantly defended his position throughout the week and at one point displayed a map in the Oval Office that appeared to show a marker-drawn addition to indicate Dorian would hit Alabama.   

Ross contacted acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs two days later and asked him to fix issues related to the perception that the agency had contradicted Trump, The New York Times reported Monday, citing three people familiar with the discussion. The newspaper said that Jacobs initially objected. 

He was then told that political staff at NOAA would be dismissed if the situation wasn't resolved. 

The threat was followed by an unsigned NOAA statement affirming Trump's claims and disavowing the tweet from the National Weather Service in Birmingham about the hurricane. 

The White House and the Commerce Department declined to comment to The New York Times and did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill. 

NOAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, called for Ross to step down in the wake of Monday's report.

"His direct attacks on the scientists and federal employees, whom he threatened to fire for doing their jobs by accurately reporting the weather, are an embarrassing new low for a member of this Cabinet which has been historically venal and incompetent," Beyer said in a statement.

The Sierra Club also called for Ross to "immediately resign" following the Times's story.

"Ross’ actions undermine scientific integrity within the Commerce Department for political purposes, and could erode trust in essential public health agencies. His actions, on behalf of Donald Trump, threatened to instill panic simply to give cover for Trump," the group said in a statement.

NOAA's statement backing Trump's assessment faced pushback from within the National Weather Service (NWS). Dan Sobien, who heads the NWS Employees Organization, which represents thousands working under NOAA, told The Daily Beast that workers were "shocked, stunned and irate" about the move. 

“These are the people risking their lives flying into hurricanes and putting out forecasts that save lives. Never before has their management undercut their scientifically sound reasoning and forecasts,” Sobien said. 

Craig McLean, NOAA's acting chief scientist, on Monday announced that he would be looking into whether the agency's move constituted a violation of policies and ethics. McLean called NOAA's response “political” and a “danger to public health and safety,” according to an email obtained by The Washington Post and later verified by The Hill. 

NWS Director Louis Uccellini received a standing ovation from attendees of a forecaster conference on Monday after defending the Birmingham branch's decision to correct Trump's warning.  

“They did that with one thing in mind: public safety,” Uccellini said at a National Weather Association meeting, adding that forecasters had been flooded with messages and calls last week about the president's tweet. 

A senior Trump administration official who requested anonymity told the Times that the Birmingham office's assessment was incorrect. The official also reportedly suggested that the tweet correcting Trump stemmed from a desire to embarrass the president. 

Updated at 5:23 p.m. 

 

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/460574-ross-threatened-to-fire-top-noaa-staff-after-office-contradicted

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On 9/9/2019 at 4:55 PM, Raz'r said:

Soon, Rs in Congress with further threaten NOAA budget since NOAA is clearly partisan.

Well, they do watch out for tropical disturbances, like Trump heading for Mar A Lago

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59 minutes ago, Navig8tor said:

When the people behind the Trump campaign realise that they are pushing shit uphill with a rake..........

never 

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1 hour ago, Navig8tor said:

When the people behind the Trump campaign realise that they are pushing shit uphill with a rake..........

When they do, it will be all at once.  Mass exit, seeing who can get to K Street first.

Leaving Stephen Miller and Barr and Ivanka holding seances in the East Room all alone.  

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7 minutes ago, Left Shift said:

When they do, it will be all at once.  Mass exit, seeing who can get to K Street first.

Leaving Stephen Miller and Barr and Ivanka holding seances in the East Room all alone.  

Hopefully the good Nazi remembers to show up with a loaded Lugar and some cyanide.

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