The headlines and social media chatter around so-called "SharpieGate" may seem like another round of the president's ongoing Twitter antics, but the underlying issues are much more serious-- and dangerous for our health and safety. That's why we need Congress to step up and support an investigation to hold the administration accountable.
Under pressure from the Commerce Department (and possibly the White House), politically appointed leaders at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spread misleading information about Hurricane Dorian and silenced National Weather Service scientists who were attempting to do their job of offering the most accurate information on hurricane impacts.
Hurricanes don't change direction because of political preferences. And we all suffer when federal science agencies, such as NOAA, subvert the ability of scientists to do their jobs and tell us what they know. The public deserves a full accounting of why this happened and what steps will be taken to ensure this never happens again.
Write your legislators today and urge them to make full use of their congressional responsibility and hold the Trump administration accountable for its suppression of science and censorship of scientists.
The safety of the US public relies on the ability of the National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to offer the most accurate, science-based information on hurricane path predictions and other natural disaster forecasting.
When political pressure leads to the spread of misinformation and threatens NWS researchers' ability to do their publicly funded job of serving the public, not only is it an attack on the underpinnings of our democracy, but your constituents' lives can be put at risk.
As your constituent, I'm writing to urge you exercise your congressional authority to hold the Trump administration accountable for suppressing accurate information and censoring scientists from the NWS.
We need leaders who will support the crucial scientific work of federal agencies and protect it from political manipulation.
Please do all you can to support efforts to hold the Trump administration accountable for its suppression of science and censorship of scientists.
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