Sunday, August 28, 2011

Axing the National Weather Service

FOX News and some Republicans want to eliminate the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, claiming private companies like AccuWeather provide weather information better than the NWS does. But AccuWeather gets their info (for free) from NWS.

Damned Liberal weather!

Called out for Being Really Stupid by Steve Benen at Washington Monthly.

Hurricane Irene obviously has the attention of millions of Americans, but some are handling the threat better than others. On the right, some of the rhetorical responses haven’t cast conservatives in the best light.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul wants to eliminate FEMA; congressional Republican leaders are reluctant to approve emergency disaster relief; and Fox News is running pieces like these, calling for the elimination of the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.

As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, news stations bombard our televisions with constant updates from the National Hurricane Center.

While Americans ought to prepare for the coming storm, federal dollars need not subsidize their preparations. Although it might sound outrageous, the truth is that the National Hurricane Center and its parent agency, the National Weather Service, are relics from America’s past that have actually outlived their usefulness.

The Fox News piece touts private outlets, including AccuWeather, without alerting readers to a key detail: these private outlets rely on information they receive from the National Weather Service. Indeed, the NWS makes this information available to the private sector for free, since the NWS is a public agency and the data it compiles is public information.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:25 AM

    FOX News has been enabling the zealots for far too long. It's like a contest to see who can make the most ridiculous statement and whip up the biggest backlash.