Santorum's Weather Forecast: Mostly Colluded
The problem with Rick Santorum is he keeps on saying what he thinks. After criticizing homosexuals, working women, and hurricane victims, he now turns his wrath on the National Weather Service.
In an interview with radio station WITF-FM, on Thursday, September 8, 2005, Santorum said "the weather service gave no warning, or not sufficient warning in my opinion, as to the effects when it came on land."
This is the warning NOAA and the National Weather Service issued on August 28 in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina:
MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER [...]How severe was the National Weather Service's warning? Here's how NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams described it on The Daily Show:
WILLIAMS: There was a weather statement Sunday afternoon that we all got on our Blackberry computers and it was so frightening. It spoke of a storm that would create water shortages that would in turn create human suffering not known in modern times. It spoke of this catastrophic storm.Fellow Republican Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) praised the National Weather Service's performance, calling it in a statement "one of the most accurate hurricane predictions we have ever seen." So I'm not sure how the weather service's warnings were "not sufficient."
Why would Santorum attack the weather service? And what would Santorum institute in its place?
Radio Station WITF reports: Santorum's bill instructs the government to abandon weather prediction and data reporting efforts that duplicate private-sector activity. He came under fire when it was revealed that the head of AccuWeather, which would benefit from the privatization of the National Weather Service, has given thousands of dollars to the Santorum campaign. Interesting coincidence?
Perhaps voters are beginning to become wary of Senator Santorum's duplicity. The latest GOP poll by Strategic Vision shows Bob Casey's lead over Rick Santorum growing to 14% from 11% in early August.