NOAA Leaders Violated Policies In Trump/Dorian Scandal
PANEL SAYS NOAA LEADERS VIOLATED THEIR CODE OF CONDUCT WHEN THEY AGREED WITH TRUMP'S PATH FOR HURRICANE DORIAN
(CNN) – An independent panel has determined two leaders at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association violated the agency’s ethical standards last year.
You may remember when president Donald Trump showed a map of hurricane Dorian’s projected path, which included lines that had been drawn by hand to include Alabama.
The Birmingham branch of the National Weather Service then tweeted Alabama would not see any impact from the storm.
Then, NOAA released a statement saying tropical storm force winds could impact Alabama.
The National Academy of Public Administration says NOAA leaders violated the agency’s code of ethics by making that statement without input from the Birmingham NWS office.
The panel also says acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs and deputy chief of staff Julie Roberts were driven by external political pressure to make the statement.
They have both argued they did not violate their agency’s scientific integrity policy.
Robert issued a four-page response saying the panel never refuted the scientific veracity of the actual statement.