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NOAA revises science to appease Trump

NOAA revises science to appease Trump

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is coming under fire for going against its own science and backing President Trump’s erroneous claims that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama.

On Friday, NOAA issued a statement disavowing a tweet made last weekend by the Birmingham National Weather Service which accurately pushed back on Trump’s initial tweets on Hurricane Dorian and Alabama to assure worried residents that the state would feel no impacts from the storm.

The Washington Post reported that NOAA staff were warned against contradicting the president’s false claims in an agency-wide directive sent that week following his initial tweets.

The President has continued to double down on his false forecast throughout the week, including introducing a map seemingly modified with Sharpie at a press conference last week.

 

Trump Sharpies a new path for Hurricane Dorian

Twitter / The White House

A major role of the National Weather Service is to give “forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property,” and when the NOAA leadership team pushes the political agenda of the President, the lives of American citizens can be put in danger.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that President Trump isn’t fond of science. If he is not actively attacking it, he is either ignoring it or demonstrating that he has no understanding of it.

But this move to get the NOAA to cover for his errors and uphold his lies sets a precedent that makes many people uncomfortable.

This turn of events becomes especially disturbing when learning that the NOAA officials were allegedly threatened to hold up the President’s incorrect statements.

More at the Washington Post. 

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