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Ex-Obama Official: White House May Hold Public Forum on Climate Change

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By    |   Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:32 AM

A former Obama administration official said the current White House is interested in holding a public forum to discuss climate change.

Steven Koonin, who worked as former President Barack Obama's undersecretary for science at the Department of Energy from 2009-2011, told Axios the Trump administration is receptive to the idea that he proposed.

"I can tell you that's found some resonance within the administration," Koonin said. "I'm just going to say people seem to be interested."

Koonin penned a Wall Street Journal opinion piece last month and said holding a "Red Team/Blue Team" exercise on climate change would publicize the government debate on climate science.

"Congress or the executive branch should convene a climate science Red/Blue exercise as a step toward resolving, or at least illuminating, differing perceptions of climate science," Koonin wrote.

"While the Red and Blue Teams should be knowledgeable and avowedly opinionated scientists, the commission should have a balanced membership of prominent individuals with technical credentials, led by co-chairmen who are forceful, knowledgeable and independent of the climate-science community."

In the past, President Donald Trump has dismissed climate change as something that's not manmade, an opinion that goes against many in the scientific community.

Last month, the EPA removed the climate change section of its website and several other pages that addressed the phenomenon.

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