It looks like it’s going to be an intense Atlantic hurricane season. According to climate scientists and weather predictors, the 2017 hurricane forecast is a doozy, with the expectation of 14 named storms.
But if those predictions prove true, we might be in a bit of trouble. That’s because the Trump administration has yet to fill the vacancies at the heads of the two agencies in charge of dealing with weather disasters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lost its director in January when the new administration came in. Four months into his term, Trump finally nominated a a replacement to head FEMA, but he hasn’t been confirmed yet. That’s right. The agency that is in charge of preparing us for hurricanes and managing the cleanup has no one at the helm.
As if that wasn’t worrisome enough, there is also no director in charge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That’s the federal agency in charge of the National Hurricane Center, which monitors developing storms and provides warnings to residents. They also run the National Weather Service, which we rely on all year long for weather predictions and storm warnings.
The President hasn’t even bothered to nominate anyone to run NOAA.
Even if both agencies were fully staffed, and did have directors to set goals and keep everyone in line, they probably won’t be able to do a very good job anyway. That’s because Trump’s budget proposal cuts funding to both of them.
Wow. Nobody in charge of watching the weather. Nobody in charge of hurricane preparedness or clean ups. Slashes in funding to both hurricane related agencies.
It almost seems like Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, doesn’t it?
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