Scientists Ordered to Keep Quiet During Hurricane Dorian to Help President Save Face – Union of Concerned Scientists
The #Sharpiegate scandal just got considerably worse. The Washington Post reports today that in the midst of a major, life-threatening hurricane, National Weather Service staff were told not to speak publicly about what they knew about who was in danger and who wasn’t. In real time, 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.
The National Weather Service was told not to forecast the weather because of politics. It’s a classic example of where suppressing science for political reasons puts the public in harm’s way, and a demonstration of why we need laws that protect the ability of government scientists to publicly share critical information without political control.