In late 2017, President Trump nominated Barry Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, a choice that was seen as controversial, even for an administration that was voted in on being unconventional. Earlier this month, Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator from 2009 to 2013, wrote an editorial in the New York Times opposing Myers’ confirmation.
“The safety and economic well-being of Americans will be put at risk if the Senate confirms Barry Lee Myers as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” wrote Lubchenco, who is a marine ecologist and professor at Oregon State University.
The former CEO of AccuWeather, Myers ran a company that has been accused of fostering a culture of sexual harassment. The environment was “so severe and pervasive, that some female employees resigned,” U.S. News reported, citing a 2018 Department of Labor report.
Among the many concerns about Myers, Myers has long sought to privatize NOAA’s weather forecasting, which would directly benefit companies like AccuWeather.
“As the former chief executive of the private weather-forecasting company AccuWeather, which relies on data from NOAA’s National Weather Service, he spent years trying to privatize NOAA’s public weather information so his company could profit from it,” Lubchenco write. “His family continues to run the family-owned company, raising concerns that they could benefit from decisions he might make as NOAA’s administrator.”
If you oppose Myers’ confirmation as NOAA Administrator, please consider writing your senator to say as much.