This article discusses Columbia University’s hiring a climate change denier.
Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) is a hugely influential policy group filled with heavy hitters from politics and the oil industry. While the center’s home page describes it as “an independent, interdisciplinary, and nonpartisan platform,” its track record shows that CGEP consistently supports the same policies favored by the fossil fuel industry.
And one of its latest moves — hiring former Trump energy advisor and fossil fuel defender George “David” Banks as an expert on “international climate policy” — shows that trend will continue.
Under Trump, Banks served as White House Special Assistant for International Energy and Environment, which included publicly representing the administration at international climate change negotiations. At last November’s United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, that meant moderating the U.S.’s lone event, a controversial panel promoting coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy — and defending President Trump’s infamous “climate change is a Chinese hoax” tweet.
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