Trump Admin Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change

"Michael Kuperberg was told he would no longer oversee the National Climate Assessment. The job is expected to go to a climate-change skeptic, according to people familiar with the changes."

"WASHINGTON — The White House has removed the scientist responsible for the National Climate Assessment, the federal government’s premier contribution to climate knowledge and the foundation for regulations to combat global warming, in what critics interpreted as the latest sign that the Trump administration intends to use its remaining months in office to continue impeding climate science and policy.

Michael Kuperberg, executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which produces the climate assessment, was told Friday that he would no longer lead that organization, people with knowledge of the situation said.

According to two people close to the administration, he is expected to be replaced by David Legates, a deputy assistant secretary at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who previously worked closely with climate change denial groups."

Christopher Flavelle, Lisa Friedman, and Coral Davenport report for the New York Times November 9, 2020.


"Trump Administration Removes Head Of Federal Climate Program That Oversees Key Reports" (Washington Post)

"Trump Removes Head Of Climate Science Report" (Politico)

"Trump Removes Head of Climate Office Whose Report He Rejected" (Bloomberg)

"White House Plans To Put Denier In Charge Of Climate Program" (E&E News)

"White House Removes Leader Of Major Climate Report" (The Hill)

"NOAA Taps David Legates, Professor Who Questions The Seriousness And Severity Of Global Warming, For Top Role" (Washington Post)

"War on NOAA? A Climate Denier’s Arrival Raises Fears the Agency's Climate Mission Is Under Attack" (InsideClimate News)

"Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA" (NPR)

Source: NYTimes, 11/10/2020