War Over Weather
- Taken from another group I¹m on. Many of you, I¹m sure, already know of
this, nevertheless, it¹s relevant to our hobbies, and important to be kept
aware of such despicable things. I have already sent letters to my
congresspeople, I urge others who haven¹t yet, to do so.
On 6/20/05 11:24 PM, "The Fiedlers" <fiedler1@...> wrote:
> Shocking what the government attempts!
> WAR OVER THE WEATHER
> It's an unseasonably fluky day when a member of Congress tries to
> punish a government entity for doing too good of a job. In this case,
> the National Weather Service apparently has been putting out too much
> useful information. Its graphics and Web site are more user-friendly
> and better-organized than ever. Its forecasts are clear and concise.
> And it's free. For shame!
> Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) argues that the National Weather Service has
> an unfair competitive advantage against commercial weather businesses.
> He makes no secret of the fact that more than a dozen of those private
> companies happen to be based in his state, where he happens to be
> running for re-election.
> Santorum has a bill that would require the National Weather Service to
> give much of its data only to private companies like AccuWeather and
> WeatherBank, which repackage the taxpayer-funded information for radio
> and TV and the like to make their tidy profits. The bill appears to
> block the Weather Service from providing this information directly to
> the public. The public would still pay to collect this information. It
> just wouldn't have access to what it's paying for.
> If private weather companies want competition, let them start by buying
> their own satellites, buoys, aircraft, upper-air weather balloons and
> other fancy barometric equipment. Let them create their own multimodel
> ensemble blends and generate their own storm warnings and small craft
> advisories. And then let's talk. The public pays for the National
> Weather Service. The public should be able to use it. - Excerpts from
> an editorial in the Chicago Tribune, full editorial:
> this is disgusting; that these private companies, and a $hort $ighted $enator,
> have the audacity to rob, and re-sell us information,
which we pay for with huge portions of our income and taxed goods and
"America is the country that fought for freedom, then
began passing laws to get rid of it."
- Alfred E. Neuman (MAD Magazine)
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