Heatwaves, out of control fires, strong hurricanes, shrinking ice sheets, sea level rise — these are all dangerous effects of global climate change. So how does the Trump administration respond? By appointing climate science denier David Legates to a top post at NOAA, which runs the National Weather Service.
The head of NOAA under Barack Obama says about Legates, “He’s not just in left field — he’s not even near the ballpark.” According to a prominent climate scientist:
At a time when those impacts are playing out before our very eyes in the form of unprecedented wildfires out West and super-storms back East, I cannot imagine a more misguided decision than to appoint someone like Legates to a position of leadership at an agency that is tasked with assessing the risks we face from extreme weather events.