A second Trump political appointee who questions the seriousness of global warming has been assigned a key role in the program that oversees the federal government’s definitive report on climate change.Follow the latest on Election 2020
Ryan Maue, the newly installed chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been detailed to the White House where he will have an oversight role at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which carries out the climate report.
Maue’s move was confirmed by two NOAA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on personnel matters.
Maue joins climate skeptic David Legates, a meteorologist who claims that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for plants and that global warming is harmless. Earlier this week, Legates was moved from NOAA to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, overseeing 13 federal agencies that study global warming.