Trump's New NOAA Hire Is A Climate Science Denier Who Rails Against 'Thug' Mainstream - 2020-09-14
David Legates has made a career of denying the science behind climate change. And now the University of Delaware professor has a new high-profile gig at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for environmental observation and prediction.
Legates, the state of Delaware's former climatologist, is known for attempting to undermine the science behind climate change. His hiring at the NOAA is yet another example of the Trump administration politicizing an agency that prioritizes science and is loathe to be roped into partisan politics.
An affiliate of the Heartland Institute — a right-wing think tank that nurtures climate science denial — Legates received the "Courage in Defense of Science" award at the group's Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in 2015.