Trump Nominee to Head NOAA Unlikely to Receive a Senate Vote


President Donald Trump’s nominee to head NOAA remains in limbo as the current Congress prepares to go out of business this month and the administration approaches its second year in January, The New York Times reports.

Barry Lee Myers, the chief executive of AccuWeather, a private forecasting firm that relies largely on data from the agency’s National Weather Service, has been a controversial figure since President Trump first nominated him to lead the agency in October 2017. Democrats have said that Mr. Myers has significant conflicts of interest, including his past eagerness to privatize the National Weather Service. For several years, Mr. Myers fought government programs that would compete with AccuWeather services….

Under Senate rules, any nomination not approved or rejected during one session of Congress must be resubmitted by the president unless the Senate unanimously agrees to waive the rule. It’s unclear whether Mr. Trump will put Mr. Myers’s name forward a third time. An attorney for AccuWeather who has been representing Mr. Myers, Tom Fahy, referred questions to the White House, which did not respond to requests for comment.

In addition to predicting the weather, the agency is charged with monitoring oceans, helping coastal communities protect themselves from storms and managing fisheries. The agency is also responsible for launching and maintaining satellites that provide data for climate trends and weather forecasts for severe events like hurricanes.

Scientists said the administration’s failure to install permanent leaders in top positions underscored its disinterest in science.

  • Tom Billings

    “Scientists said the administration’s failure to install permanent
    leaders in top positions underscored its disinterest in science.”

    Again, the definitions of words are crucial. The NYT talks to people who assume, with the rest of academia, that science is always done inside the disinterested and professional population of academia, and that no one from outside academia is able to be professional about science. That is the difference they have with the population that voted for Trump.

    That population assumes that academia’s attitudes are deeply self-interested, and are called out to be ever-more anti-industrial by their shock troops like Earth First, and Antifa and BLM. Trump knows this. That is why he is appointing non-academics to positions that academics assume are their turf. It has little to do with science, and a huge amount to do with tribalism, on both sides, unfortunately.

  • Douglas Messier

    No one can look at Trump and believe he has any respect for, interest in or serious understanding of science. He has broadcast that loud and clear with his words and actions.

    The scientific side has data. Trump and his allies have billions of dollars in financial interests and campaign contributions they use to ignore, distort, distract, dissemble and dismiss whatever science might tend to interfere with their goals of self enrichment. Everything is negotiable, everything is for sale, and it’s all transactional.

  • Tom Billings

    Well, at least you make clear which tribe you’re in.

  • mattmcc80

    It’s truly remarkable how many (typically unremarkable) agencies and departments this administration has managed to make controversial in their selections of people to run them.

  • duheagle

    The scientific side certainly does have data. In the case of so-called “climate science” said data has been comprehensively “adjusted” to fit the left-statist narrative.

  • duheagle

    “Controversy” = something the left doesn’t like. It especially doesn’t like losing control of institutions it considers its rightful property.

  • mattmcc80

    Before I start listing out the comically bad appointments of this administration, are you actually going to argue they haven’t been bad? I don’t want to waste my time having to enumerate them if you understand the reality of the situation.

  • Douglas Messier

    Reality and truth are not a tribe, Tom.

  • duheagle

    There’s a difference between “not a fellow leftist” and “not qualified for the job” though the left so longer seems to acknowledge such a distinction – especially anent judicial appointments. Mr. Trump’s agency head appointments are “comically bad” from the left’s point of view because these folks have been put where they are by Trump to halt and reverse the galloping expansion of state power and unconstitutional activities on the part of executive branch departments that radically accelerated under Obama.

  • duheagle

    What has being a reflexive leftist got to do with reality and truth?

  • P.K. Sink

    I wonder…
    If the Democrats were so wrong about Jim Bridenstine…voting against him unanimously…how many other nominees are they wrong about?

  • Maxtrue

    That is a totally absurd remark made with a good degree of TDS.Perhaps you might want to apply scientific method to your conclusions.

  • Maxtrue

    You are right.

    I was recently at the Kennedy Space Center and almost everyone I talked to said a new atmosphere of optimism had grown since the election of Trump. It is outrageous here that people who know this still take the partisan line. I have heard many technicians and scientists state that ALL such professionals are globalists casting the idea of national interests as really opposition to the foundation of international cooperation. The NYT should search their comments on on the space program and the administration during the Obama years.Now we are using 3-D printing to replace Russian engines and reaching LEO with many military and civilian programs that over lap.. I was even told by one space worker the entire team that designed and landed the rovers on Mars were globalists and did not care much about the American nature of the funding for manufacturing. I do not believe that is a correct opinion. It is likely correct that Trump does seek those who have an approach science coupled with the task of making sure America is both secure in its protection of proprietary information and focused on repairing the holes in our R&D and advanced manufacturing that support emerging economic markets. Virgin’s pitch is for tourists where as the over all thrust of our government programs should be US manufacturing advances and national and security interests. This does not mean opposing partnerships with our allies but that our national priorities are served.

  • Maxtrue

    Yes, which is why you might want to be less tribal.What is the alternative, globalism or the wishes and interests of the taxpayers?

  • Tom Billings

    Academia is, however, and an increasingly intolerant one for the last 50 years. All one need do is walk on campus and listen to find that out.

  • Douglas Messier

    Your problem with global warming is not with the data. You fear a left wing statist plot to control your life. You are so terrified of this that you can’t evaluate the data properly. If you could put aside your fear of that you would be terrified of what the data are showing.

  • Douglas Messier

    We need the govt to take global warming seriously and address the problem. This is about policy not tribalism. WTF are you talking about?

  • Maxtrue

    The only thing that could possibly mitigate global warming humans can do is to complete the closed loop concept of industrialization. They’re doing it in Texas and several industrial processes see C02 as a fuel. From ground to energy and products you use everything. One process uses C02 to power up lithium batteries. Technology is moving towards zero emission on economic ground and there are massive new finds of fossil fuel in the ground. The US has more than 50 trillion in reserves, more than enough to stretch from here to fusion. Only economic nationalism will allow us to demonstrate how this all works. We have all the elements here including an energy bank of 50 trillion. It is a national security interest to rebuild our manufacturing the critical elements of the 21 century. Advanced manufacturing makes better machines, materials and parts required for better factories, infrastructure and power generation. The clearing of rain forests, dumping plastic in the sea and creating global high frequencies are serious impacts we make that GW obscures. The sun may very well approach a unique lowering of out put coupled with no sun spots and we have learned of a new massive crater hidden under Canadian ice, mini ice ages caused by comet strikes occurring at least twice in the last 15,000 years. The battle plan of the elite is seriously misguided. The spikes in coal use by non-Americans along with fires put increasing CO2 in the air. The Paris deal gave loop holes to India and China.