Statement to the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate

Published June 3, 2014

On June 3, 2014, Climatologist David Legates testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the subject of climate change.

In the first half of this document, Legates describes how droughts that have happened in the past are likely to occur again, and with similar intensity and frequency; therefore, he suggests adaptation to be the supieror strategy than mitigation using harmful carbon dioxide emission control policies. Legates also says his research has concluded that droughts increase frequency and intensity during colder periods.

The second half of this document is devoted to an astonishing description of how the University of Delaware has systematically violated his rights and is trying to destroy his academic career, including this:

“Shortly after our discussion, the Deputy Dean informed me that the Dean had decided that she wanted me to resign as the Delaware State Climatologist so he could take over that role. Subsequently, I was removed as the State Climatologist. I also was removed as co-Director of the Delaware Environmental Observing System (an observational network I had spent nearly a decade to develop), as faculty advisor to the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, and from all my committee assignments within my department. The Chair of the Department attempted to remove me from several grants that I had obtained. I have since been restricted from serving on any departmental committees.”

Keywords: University of Delaware, academic freedom, attacks on global warming skeptics, Greenpeace, FOIA