Politics and Public Opinion

Chuck Schumer’s war on science

Image credit: Hurricane Sandy (Wikimedia Commons)

Image credit: Hurricane Sandy (Wikimedia Commons)

You probably missed this the first time around, but Roger Pielke reminds readers that last month, Senator Charles Schumer pressured scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) not to label Sandy a hurricane. He had a perfectly understandable reason — doing so might have cost his constituents lots of money by significantly raising insurance deductibles. Senator Schumer told reporters at the time that “we’ve sent a letter to NOAA, the weather agency… that we’re looking over their shoulder. We want NOAA to keep this classified as a tropical storm and to save homeowners in New York and Long Island thousands of dollars.”

The press has had a field day for weeks with Senator Marco Rubio’s comments about the age of the earth, since that fits neatly into their narrative of a “Republican war on science”. But when a major Democrat thuggishly intimidates actual scientists, there’s nary a peep.

One thought on “Chuck Schumer’s war on science

  1. Well,, Schumer is doing something pragmatic in an effort to help his constituents.

    whereas others like Rubio are dealing with ideology…whether it has anything to do with their constituents or not.

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