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house Bill H.R. 353

Does the U.S. Need to Improve its Weather Forecasting Systems?

Argument in favor

This bill orders a slew of studies and reports on weather to ensure that U.S. scientists are predicting the weather and disseminating information as quickly and accurately as possible. Forecasts are necessary for safety, industry, defense, and infrastructure — fund it.

Quinn's Opinion
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01/08/2017
As climate change continues unabated the potential for extreme weather increases, potentially costing the US billions to trillions of dollars if left unabated. This is a step towards actively having to ability to manage changing climate.
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Kristi's Opinion
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01/09/2017
I do not like the parts of this bill that encourage the privatization of weather science. Although I do support greater funding to NOAA, I am not comfortable with opening a Pandora's Box for privatization. The science of weather is too important to become a system which holds shareholder profits as its first priority.
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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04/03/2017
Vote Yea, there is so much room for improvement especially with severe weather forecasting in the lower and coastal states. this is a national issue
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Argument opposed

This bill orders the National Weather Service and the Office of Atmospheric Research to jump through a bunch of hoops, in addition to their regular jobs. Should our forecasting system be improved? Sure. Does what we have now work? Yes.

Tristan's Opinion
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01/08/2017
Most of this bill is great. The real problem is that this bill will allow owners of satellites to sell weather data and allow private companies to deploy their own data gathering devices. This begins the privatization of an extremely valuable and important life-saving industry.
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Darryl's Opinion
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01/09/2017
Not in favor of the step towards privatization in the details of this bill. I would support more notification advances coming in alternate bill soon.
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Grace's Opinion
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01/10/2017
Allowing private companies to co-opt weather satellites for their own use is too high a price to pay for accurate weather information. I'll vote yea when that part of the bill is scrubbed.
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    As climate change continues unabated the potential for extreme weather increases, potentially costing the US billions to trillions of dollars if left unabated. This is a step towards actively having to ability to manage changing climate.
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    Most of this bill is great. The real problem is that this bill will allow owners of satellites to sell weather data and allow private companies to deploy their own data gathering devices. This begins the privatization of an extremely valuable and important life-saving industry.
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    Not in favor of the step towards privatization in the details of this bill. I would support more notification advances coming in alternate bill soon.
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    I do not like the parts of this bill that encourage the privatization of weather science. Although I do support greater funding to NOAA, I am not comfortable with opening a Pandora's Box for privatization. The science of weather is too important to become a system which holds shareholder profits as its first priority.
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    Vote Yea, there is so much room for improvement especially with severe weather forecasting in the lower and coastal states. this is a national issue
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    Accuracy is everything, often the difference between life and death, given that extreme weather — tornadoes, flash floods, heat waves, hurricanes— kills more than 500 Americans each year. An incremental improvement would make a huge difference. Does what we have now work? Yes. Could what we have now work better? Yes.
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    There's more pressing matters currently to spend taxpayer dollars on
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    No privitization
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    Allowing private companies to co-opt weather satellites for their own use is too high a price to pay for accurate weather information. I'll vote yea when that part of the bill is scrubbed.
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    Mostly agree with the bill but I would strike the language allowing privatization. This could leave the system vulnerable to hacking by terrorists, foreign nationals and or by American and International companies driven by greed.
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    Just privatize the whole thing.
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    Priorities. This is important, but private industry will take care of it because here's a huge profit to be made here, as in The Weather Channel.
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    Climate change has been attributed to many recent events, from superstorm sandy to flooding in many other places. I think that by improving our detection, we will be able to further navigate these events. Combined with the research on the changes and better understanding of natural phenomenon will save millions of people worlds wide.
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    Studies need to be presented demonstrating that our current technology is inadequate and that there are current technological advancements available that can improve our forecasting abilities.
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    UPDATED April 23, 2017: I see this bill passed both houses. I was reading the opinion given by someone and I had to laugh; so many people had said the same thing as this person. They're against privatization of weather forecasting! "Why?" I asked myself. JUST LOOK AT SPACE X! Privatization can lead to growth of the economy (JOBS!) and innovation! Why should government agencies monopolize something that so many people rely on?! Let's see now how long it takes before we start seeing improvements in weather forecasting and all that follows as a result (less property damage and fewer deaths and injuries). _________________________ NO! NOT UNTIL YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET! WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU REPUBLICANS WHO SUDDENLY WANT TO GO ON A SPENDING SPREE?! ISN'T OUR NATIONAL DEBT BIG ENOUGH ALREADY?!
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    Climate change is real. We need to learn all we can. Improving forecasts benefits everyone.
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    The NWS and NOAA has had decade to improve their weather forecasting. They have been given taxpayer's money to improve their satellite, but still no launch date. My guess, spending too much time fighting Global Warming deniers and attending world or national rallies criticizing those critics who say, "show me the truth" with "un-doctored" data. Global warming and climate change go hand in hand. Personally, I have been waiting for global warming to make me rich since it does so much to affect my life. Still waiting for an explanation on how climate change affects continental shifts or earthquakes. Maybe we should stick with the Farmer's Almanac! People need to take personal responsibility for themselves. Move to higher ground, go inland, don't fly into storms or drive in extreme conditions. The NWS reports, but you have to listen.
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    At best, it has always been an educated guess. Funding "unpredictable" seems like another way to waste our tax dollars.
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    We need to improve our forecasting ability; however, it should not be privatized in any way.
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    I agree with others that, while this is important, we have more pressing issues to deal with!
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