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Trump's NOAA Pick Says He Won't Censor Global Warming Data

The Trump administration won't censor climate scientists or delete temperature data, nominee for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said during his confirmation hearing on 18 January 2017.

If confirmed, Ross will oversee the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has caused concern among environmentalists over whether Trump and Ross might censor scientists or delete government data about global warming. In response, NOAA scientists reportedly tried create back-ups of NOAA temperature data to prevent deletion.

Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson asked Ross during the hearing if he would change existing policies to prevent NOAA scientists from sharing their opinions about global warming with the press or public, or suppress federal data about global warming.

“I support the dissemination of valid information to the public,” Ross responded. “I don’t think valid information should be concealed, and in general I have great respect for the scientific quality of NOAA. Its my understanding that there are four Noble prize winners at NOAA, and that is certainly a measure of their expertise.”

Watch the Ross confirmation hearing.

Source: Daily Caller

 

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