Sign the petition: Demand the Senate reject Trump’s NOAA Nominee Barry Myers

U.S. Senate

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For a third time, Trump has nominated non-scientist with questionable ethics Barry Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is a critical agency that studies physical science, the atmosphere, and the climate. Myers is not a scientist but a businessman, making him grossly unqualified to head the agency. Previous NOAA administrators have been trained and accomplished scientists ranging from geologists to astronauts.

Not only is Myers not qualified, he has been on the record calling for the privatization of the National Weather Service, which provides free weather updates to the public and competes with AccuWeather’s business model, highlighting conflict of interest concerns.

In addition to lack of credentials and clear conflict of interest concerns, AccuWeather, under Myers' watch, is mired in sexual harassment and assault allegations. Dozens of AccuWeather employees allege “widespread sexual harassment,” which prompted the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to investigate when he was first nominated in 2017. Because employees reported these abuses and the company was aware of allegations, AccuWeather was fined $290,000 by a federal oversight agency after the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published their findings.

Now that his nomination has been quickly shuffled through committee and is already up for a Senate floor vote, it is time we tell our Senators that we deserve much better than Barry Myers, an unqualified pro-Trump businessman.

Sign the petition: Demand the Senate reject Trump’s NOAA nominee Barry Myers.

Participating Organizations:
Climate Hawks Vote
CREDO Action
Daily Kos
Endangered Species Coalition
Greenpeace USA
People For the American Way
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To: U.S. Senate
From: [Your Name]

We strongly urge you to reject NOAA nominee Barry Myers. The American people deserve better. Not only is Myers not a scientist, thus lacking basic qualifications to even be considered to head the Agency, but Myers presents a conflict of interest as former CEO of AccuWeather AND AccuWeather has been under investigation for several sexual harassment allegations during his tenure as CEO.