Alert: Protect Public Weather Data
The National Weather Service (NWS), a taxpayer-funded agency, monitors
thousands of weather stations around America in order to predict
hurricanes, sunshine, and every meteorological event in between. In
addition to the raw data that it assembles, NWS has recently started
offering more user-friendly info to the public via the Internet. So why
has Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced a bill that would restrict the
kind of information that NWS can freely share?
The National Weather Services Duties Act (S.786) would ban NWS from
"competing" with private entities by making it unlawful for the agency to
publish user-friendly weather data and barring NWS experts from speaking
one-on-one to news agencies. Why? Because Senator Santorum believes that
companies like AccuWeather would make more money if they didn't have to
compete with "free." That's right - he believes you should pay twice for
your weather information in order to line the pockets of the private
weather industry, which *already* benefits from repackaging the data that
tax-funded agencies like NWS give away. That's not only unfair, it's a bad
precedent for our national information resources. Help stop S.786 by
sending a letter to your Senators today! More info:
- Complete the form on the left with your information.
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your own words, if you wish.
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