Urge Climate Change Denier to Reject Appointment to Federal Agency Responsible for Climate Research

Target: David Legates, Appointed Person to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Goal: Do not accept your appointment to the NOAA.

Donald Trump’s administration has appointed David Legates, a longtime climate change skeptic, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This federal agency is tasked with producing climate change research funded by the government. Critics of Legate’s appointment worry that a climate change denier on the NOAA could threaten the scientific integrity of the research.

Legates is infamous in academic spheres as a long-time questioner of the scientific consensus that human activity is contributing to global warming. He is currently a professor at the University of Delaware, but was previously forced out of a role as Delaware’s state climatologist because of his controversial views. Legate’s appointment by the Trump administration, while surprising, aligns with previous moves by the administration to dismiss and sideline climate scientists as well as edit their work before its publication.

Legates already appears in the agency’s personnel directory with an official NOAA email address. An NOAA official who requested anonymity said of Legate’s appointment: “I knew nothing about this and here it comes as a midnight hire over the weekend. NOAA was being run reasonably well and the need for any  new talent coming into this organization at this point is really not needed.”

Sign this petition to urge Legates to prioritize scientific integrity over politicized administrative moves and to reject the appointment to the NOAA.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Legates,

For many years, the scientific community has reached a consensus on climate change: it is real and human activity contributes to it. Your inability to address climate change as a real and pressing concern that should be immediately tackled not only threatens the environment but also the lives of Americans and people around the world in this generation and generations to come.

Your appointment to the NOAA by the Trump administration could be a move to politicize the agency and compromise the integrity of the federally funded research. Do not stand in the way of science. I urge you to reject this appointment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NOAA




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  1. Donald Trump’s administration has appointed David Legates, a longtime climate change skeptic, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This federal agency is tasked with producing climate change research funded by the government. Critics of Legate’s appointment worry that a climate change denier on the NOAA could threaten the scientific integrity of the research.

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