Hurricane season officially started — Republicans, Trump, still have no one in charge at FEMA or NOAA

❝ This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 storm to hit Florida

The 2017 hurricane season started last Thursday without anyone in charge at the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes…

❝ Five months after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, no one has taken the reins at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. The last FEMA boss was a Florida man, W. Craig Fugate, who departed in January after seven years on the job. Fugate previously served as the head of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Trump finally nominated someone at the end of April, but he has yet to be confirmed.

Trump meanwhile has made no move to appoint a new boss at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency in charge of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, which provide hurricane forecasts and hurricane warnings in advance of a storm.

❝ Incidentally, NOAA Is predicting an above-average hurricane season this year. Trump’s proposed budget has targeted both agencies for cuts.

Trump’s obeisance to Neo-Cons who couldn’t win an election on their own is notorious. Policies he wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole while campaigning are rolled out daily. Cutting services protecting as many lives as the National Hurricane Center was predictable for experienced cynics. True Believers are still clustered in prayer circles hoping for deliverance even while the anti-science brigade continues to undercut human needs.

2 thoughts on “Hurricane season officially started — Republicans, Trump, still have no one in charge at FEMA or NOAA

  1. Tom Osceola says:

    In an average hurricane season, the Atlantic only gets its fourth named storm by Aug. 23, so if tropical disturbance Invest 94L turns into tropical storm Don over next few days it will come about seven weeks ahead of schedule. On Wednesday, the seasonal hurricane forecasting group at Colorado State University boosted their outlook for the season, based in part on the busy start so far. http://webcms.colostate.edu/tropical/media/sites/111/2017/07/2017-07.pdf

  2. Clickbait says:

    July 18: “Tropical Storm Don weakening on approach to Windward Islands, forecast to ‘degenerate’” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/07/17/disturbed-weather-in-atlantic-grows-into-tropical-storm-don-but-has-bleak-future/ “Don, the fourth named storm of the 2017 hurricane season, arrived more than a month ahead of average. Meanwhile, in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, a new tropical depression formed which is likely to be named Tropical Storm Hilary some time Tuesday.

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