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Trump Fills Key NOAA Posts with Global Warming Skeptics

24 Sep 2020, 20:57 UTC
Trump Fills Key NOAA Posts with Global Warming Skeptics
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An aircraft drops chemicals on wildfire at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: USAF)

by Douglas MessierManaging Editor

With the West Coast ablaze with wildfires and rising seas threatening to flood coastlines, the man who called global warming a Chinese hoax is filling two top jobs at the U.S. government’s premiere weather and climate agency with people who don’t believe warming is a problem.

The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has tapped Ryan Maue to fill the post of chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Maue is a meteorologist and former adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute who runs weathermodels.com. He has been harshly critical of the scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet and leading to more extreme weather.

So, what would Maue do as chief scientist? The Washington Post reported:

The position, pushed forward by the White House pending completion of ethics and security reviews and not requiring Senate confirmation, would put Maue in a leadership position within the agency. As chief scientist, Maue would be tasked with helping establish its oceans and atmosphere research priorities, as well as playing a role in enforcing its Scientific Integrity Policy.

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