Lawmakers Condemn Trump’s ‘Politicizing’ Moves On Climate Assessment

“Nearly 90 Democratic lawmakers wrote to the White House to protest a recent shakeup at the agency charged with organizing a key assessment that helps the government consider how to respond to climate change.

President Trump recently reassigned Michael Kuperberg, a climate scientist serving as executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the agency in charge of Fifth National Climate Assessment.

The White House has since detailed Ryan Maue, the newly-hired chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who has been vocal in questioning the science connecting climate change to extreme weather events, to detail the report. Maue would also serve alongside David Legates, an academic with a history of questioning humans’ influence on global warming, who now serves as NOAA's deputy assistant secretary of commerce for observation and prediction.”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill November 19, 2020.