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SharpieGate in the Broader Context of the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Last week, we all learned more about President Trump mis-stating a hurricane forecast then forcing his administration to cover for his obvious error, now widely know as SharpieGate. It is now clear that orders came from the White House that NOAA scientists and other professional staff should not disagree with or contradict the President, even if he is wrong and public health and safety are at stake.  Read more >

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Former NOAA Officials File Scientific Integrity Complaint over Trump Attacks on Weather Forecasters

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Three former high-ranking NOAA officials filed an official complaint yesterday asking for a comprehensive investigation into multiple violations of the NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy. “Recent actions to censor NWS scientists put public safety at risk, are inconsistent with NOAA’s scientific integrity principles, violate the public trust, and compromise the independence and reliability of the National Weather Service.” Read more >

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NOAA Officials Threatened with Firing After Dorian Trump Tweet Fiasco

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Senior NOAA political staff objected to orders to “fix” weather forecasts to conform with the president’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama, the New York Times reports. Then Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire them.

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Scientists Ordered to Keep Quiet During Hurricane Dorian to Help President Save Face

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

NOAA leadership prioritized the president’s precious feelings and fragile ego over the health and welfare of the people who were in Dorian’s path. Read more >

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NOAA Leadership Trades Scientific Integrity for Political Appeasement

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today is a dark day: dedicated public servants were thrown under the bus by NOAA leaders. Read more >

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