A scientist for science advisor?

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 @ 12:33 am | Barack Obama, Politics, Science

Nah, doubt it will work.

In a sign that President-elect Barack Obama intends to elevate science to greater prominence, John P. Holdren, a Harvard physicist widely recognized for his leadership on energy policy and climate change, will be appointed White House science adviser this weekend, the Globe confirmed yesterday.

Second in a row, actually:

The news, coming in the same week as Nobel laureate physicist Steven Chu’s appointment as secretary of energy, was heartening for the scientific community.

Not just any old scientist either. He was one who stood up for the truth when the Bush administration decided scientists were a thorn in his side.

Many scientists have objected to the Bush administration’s policies, from restrictions on embryonic stem cell research to the pace of action on climate change.

“I think they’ll be restoring the role of science in the federal establishment,” said Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a Cambridge-based advocacy organization. “We’ve got a bunch of people across the [new] administration who get it.”

In 2004, Holdren joined other prominent scientists to sign a letter accusing the Bush administration of undermining and censoring scientists.

“When scientific knowledge has been found to be in conflict with its political goals, the administration has often manipulated the process through which science enters into its decisions,” the letter said.

Gosh, I bet those guys think that the laws of physics apply the same all over the universe from its inception…suckers!

I know a nice scientist who will tell me things that match my holy book. So much easier that way.

-jb

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