President Obama says the science is settled on climate change but not everyone is sold on a federal agency giving him advice.
"What he's saying is very glib and even the United Nations says there's no real clear indicators of changes in extreme events," observes Pat Michaels, Ph.D., a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.
Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, questions the findings of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other government agencies advising the president.
He tells OneNewsNow there is a congressional investigation under way to determine if NOAA engaged in "shenanigans" to adjust the figures for surface temperatures.
"I do not know how that's going to come out," Michaels says, but he tells OneNewsNow he had documented how NOAA used climate models "that they knew simply didn't work in order to formulate national policy."
Skeptics of climate change have pointed to a 15-year "hiatus" of rising temperatures, which has been used to fight claims of coming global catastrophes.
According to The Washington Post, however, figures maintained by NOAA were tweaked this year to suggest that the "hiatus" never actually existed, leading to a congressional investigation of the conveniently tweaked analysis.
The argument behind climate change, or global warming, is that man's burning of fossil fuels is driving the problem by putting more heat-trapping emissions in the atmosphere, resulting in warmer temperatures and bigger, more powerful storms.
" ... This is a president who doesn't understand that the number-one job is not to be a meteorologist, but it's to be commander-in-chief of a military that keeps America and Americans safe, wherever they are in the world. And his disdain for that particular role – and his desire to be the national weatherman – is just stunning to me."
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Speaking Monday in Paris, President Obama said that the United States of America "not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it."
OneNewsNow asked Michaels how he would discuss his research with President Obama or a future administration.
"The first thing I would tell them to do is to tell the truth," Michaels says. "Tell people that it's really not warming up like it was supposed to, that you don't see these systematic changes in tornadoes and hurricanes and all that stuff."
But he doubts they would listen.
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