Trump has picked Barry Myers, the top executive at Accuweather, to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ('NOAA'), an agency that that focuses on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere according to Politico.
“I fear that he’ll do irreparable harm to an agency whose primary mission is to save lives,” said Daniel Sobien, the president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, which strongly opposes Myers’ nomination. “There seems to be a huge conflict of interest considering his business background and belief system.”
He has a financial conflict of interest.
“His family owns the business and he knows the decisions he makes are going to affect the business for years and potentially decades to come,” said Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy. He added, “My biggest concern is not that somebody has a business background, but do they genuinely recognize that a job in government is a fundamentally different one from managing and running a private business for profit.”
In the past, he has attempted to hobble the NOAA.
The AccuWeather CEO's nomination to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is stirring criticism from people who worry he would hobble the weather service, which provoked an industry backlash more than a decade ago by making hour-by-hour forecasts, cellphone alerts and other consumer-friendly data widely available online. A bill that Myers supported 12 years ago, sponsored by then-Sen. Rick Santorum, would have prohibited the agency from competing with private providers in most circumstances.