Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., is just one part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency — the federal agency in charge of the U.S. government’s sprawling weather and climate prediction work. NPR has learned that David Legates, a scientist who has spent much of his career questioning climate science, has been hired by the Trump administration for a top position at NOAA.

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David Legates, a University of Delaware professor of climatology who has spent much of his career questioning basic tenets of climate science, has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Legates confirmed to NPR that he was recently hired as NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Observation and Prediction. The position suggests that he reports directly to Neil Jacobs, the acting head of the agency that is in charge of the federal government’s sprawling weather and climate prediction work. Neither Legates nor NOAA spokespeople responded to questions about Legates’s specific responsibilities or why he was hired. The White House also declined to comment.

Legates has a long history of using his …

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