SharpieGate


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Don’t Say COVID-19: Fishermen and Women May Pay With Their Lives

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

NOAA Fisheries has instructed its staff not to mention or explicitly refer to the COVID-19 pandemic or coronavirus in any communications. Now fishermen and women, already engaged in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, will be less aware of coronavirus-related risks. Read more >

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Hurricane Season is Upon Us and Old Sharpies Never Die

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

I joined former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and former NOAA Chief Scientist Richard Spinrad to file a complaint under the NOAA Scientific Integrity policy last September. Three other groups and individuals inside and outside government also complained and requested a formal investigation. Now, ten months later, the report of that investigation has been released. Read more >

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New Emails Show Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs is Unfit to Lead NOAA

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Late Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a batch of emails between high-level agency officials around Sharpiegate; BuzzFeed broke the news. Most of the emails are further verification of what was previously understood about how things played out at the agency when its leaders betrayed their own scientists after the President doubled down on his inaccurate Dorian forecast and doctored a weather map. But an important take-away for me is a new window into just how unfit Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs is to lead the agency. Read more >

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Civil Servants are Becoming More Visible Heroes, and the Public is Noticing

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

It’s tough reading or listening to the news these days, from impeachment to racial attacks to sidelining science. But what is that? I think I see one! A ray of hope in all of the storm clouds: a growing appreciation for the role of civil servants in our country. Read more >

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The Indelible Ink of SharpieGate Spreads to NOAA Fisheries

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The health of our oceans is profoundly impacted by global warming. Yet you wouldn’t know it from current NOAA Fisheries Director Chris Oliver. At a Senate hearing last week, he “could not say whether climate change is endangering the nation’s fisheries and declined to ‘speculate’ on whether warming oceans will harm fish stocks or generate more hurricanes,” reports E&E news. Read more >

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