Sept. 15, 2020
By Kathryn Walson
The American Geophysical Union, an association whose members include climate scientists, has called on the Trump administration to rescind its appointment of a climate-change skeptic to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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David Legates, who has expressed doubt that humans have caused climate change, was recently named NOAA’s deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction, the Washington Post reported.
“With climate change producing raging wildfires in the western United States and devastating hurricanes in the Atlantic, our nation—and the world—cannot afford to have our federal government undermining the important work of climate scientists,” AGU said in a statement on its website.
“Legates’ appointment not only threatens our ability to combat the climate crisis and protect our planet for future generations, it undermines scientific integrity at NOAA,” AGU’s statement reads.
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