Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President Trump has released Michael Kuperberg from managing the national climate assessment. The NYT fears that climate skeptic David Legates could take command.
Trump Administration removes scientist responsible for assessing climate change
Michael Kuperberg has been told that he will no longer monitor the national climate assessment. The job is expected to go to a climate skeptic, according to those familiar with the changes.
By Christopher Flavelle, Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport
November 9, 2020Updated 6:40 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON – The White House has removed the scientist in charge of the national climate assessment, the federal government's premier contribution to climate knowledge and the basis for anti-global warming regulations, in what critics have interpreted as the latest sign that the Trump administration intends to end its use remaining months in office to further hamper climate science and policy.
Michael Kuperberg, executive director of the United States' Global Change Research Program, which is doing the climate assessment, was told Friday that he would no longer lead the organization, people with knowledge of the situation said.
He is expected to be replaced by David Legates, an assistant deputy secretary for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who has previously worked closely with groups opposed to climate change, according to two people close to the administration.
Dr. Kuperberg's departure comes as part of a wider effort following President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s defeat last week to remove officials who violated the White House. Also on Friday, Neil Chatterjee, head of the agency that regulates the country's utility markets, was downgraded by the White House after publicly supporting the use of renewable energy.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/climate/michael-kuperberg-climate-assessment.html
I can't help thinking that the green stain covered his hand. The next few weeks could be interesting.