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Distinguished Climatologist Joins A Better Delaware Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WILMINGTON, Del. — David R. Legates, Ph.D. has joined the Advisory Board of A Better Delaware, a non-partisan public policy and political advocacy organization which supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and greater transparency and accountability in Delaware’s state government.

Legates is a retired tenured professor of climatology, geography, and spatial sciences in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware and a retired adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics. He has served as research scientist at the Southern Regional Climate Center, chief research scientist at the Center for Computational Geosciences, and visiting research scientist at the National Climatic Data Center. He recently served as the Executive Director of the US Global Change Research Program.

Legates has been published more than 125 times in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and monograph series and has made more than 250 professional presentations. A former Delaware state climatologist, in Sept. 2020 Legates was appointed to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Observation and Prediction at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Chris Kenny, Chairman and Founder of A Better Delaware announced the addition of Legates to the Advisory Board last week. “David Legates is a leading voice in the area of climate science who will offer A Better Delaware sound guidance as the First State navigates the many challenges it faces as a coastal state with vast farmlands and open spaces,” Kenny said. “David understands both the science and the regulatory landscape surrounding issues of safe energy generation, efficient transmission, environmental hazard exposure and climate volatility.”

“I’m honored to join the Advisory Board of A Better Delaware,” Legates said. “Our state faces a number of challenges in the area of energy production and requires a pragmatic approach that keeps taxpayers and businesses at the forefront. To that end, I’m eager to share my experience to help advocate for responsible policy”.

“Dr. Legates is a welcome addition to our Advisory Board,” said Kathleen Rutherford, Executive Director of A Better Delaware. “It is imperative that Delaware not follow other states in rapidly moving away from legacy energy production to renewables without adequate intermediate steps. David Legates will guide ABD as we advocate for policy that supports reliable and cost-effective sources of energy for all Delawareans.”