Friday, April 29, 2005

Protect Free Weather

Click on this link to send e-mails to your senators to protect free weather from the National Weather Service.

What's going on? Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has introduced a bill (written by AccuWeather) that...
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!

That's also why I have taken the Accuweather window down from Lumpyland and brought back Weather Underground.

What also gets me is the blatant hypocrisy of these Republicans. If they really believe in a deregulated, free-market economy, they should believe in "survival of the fittest," and if Accuweather doesn't have the chops to compete with the National Weather Service, then too bad for them.
(From boingboing)


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