A bill going through the Senate would pull NOAA
weather data off the internet.What's the deal here
? According to the Bill's sponsor, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) "It is not an easy prospect for a business to attract advertisers, subscribers or investors when the government is providing similar products and services for free."
So by "free," you mean "with taxpayer dollars", right?
Sorry, businesses. Did you want the government to withold any other information while we're at it? How about property information or securites info? Zip Codes?
According to their website, NOAA's National Weather Service
is "the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States" and that "Television weathercasters and private meteorology companies prepare their forecasts using this information." This makes me curious when I read that "the National Weather Service has not focused on what its core mission should be, which is protecting other people's lives and property" from a Bill Myers, Vice President of AccuWeather.com, a supporter of the bill.
Odd, It looks to me like the NWS's core mission is to provide weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States. Presumably, the NWS would not stop doind this under the bill, the information would simply no longer be available for free to taxpayers.
In short, the bill is designed to force consumers to get weather information from the businesses who present it in their own form, instead of directly from NOAA.
Maybe, just maybe, these businesses could attract advertisers, sbscrbers and inverstors by providing a product that is superior to what is freely available. Maybe senator Santorum should not be trying to enrich businesses by denying taxpayers access to information they are already paying for.
Maybe this pisses me off a little bit.
-Ben 12:17 EST |