Two climate scientists under investigation for global warming denial
The Commerce Department's Office launched additional investigations into two former Trump appointees for publishing unscientific documents using government logos without the approval of the presidential administration.
“After careful consideration, we decided to review this matter further. An OIG staff member may contact you for additional information. Additionally, the OIG will notify you when the case is closed,” Office of Inspector General wrote.
Shortly before the investigation began, officials David Legates and Ryan Maue were reassigned from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“In late 2020, CERES was asked by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to write a short brochure summarizing the ongoing scientific debate over the role of solar variability on climate change,” Center for Environmental Research and Earth Sciences (CERES) stated about the climate change flyers. “The OSTP is a governmental agency, and therefore can, in principle, be influenced by the politics of the administration. However, CERES believes that scientific research works best when it is independent from industry, government, religion, politics or ideology.”
“Dr. Droegemeier was outraged to learn of the materials that were not shared with or approved by OSTP leadership,” OSTP spokeswoman Kristina Baum said in an email Tuesday afternoon. “He first became aware of the documents when contacted by the press. As a result, Dr. Droegemeier took swift action and the individuals responsible have been relieved of their duties at OSTP.”
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