Key White House S&T Related Positions Remain Unfilled. Scientists Take Note.
The EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT has yet to fill several key-science and technology related senate-confirmed positions such as:
- President’s Science Adviser and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
- -Associate Director for environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
- -Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
- -Associate Director for National security and International affairs, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
Personally, these are my concerns
- For the appointees already announced/ nominated there are some decidedly unscientific views. Will they follow evidence in their new roles?
- President Trump has named only 29 of his 660 executive department appointments, many science related appointments remain unfilled. Trump needs to act quickly on science appointments. A long delay on key appointments could mean science will take a back seat in policy deliberations.
- Already his executive actions can be linked to a range of scientific issues, but he has yet to name a science advisor. For example, Trump signed measures to expedite construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, which have drawn concern over the contribution of oil extraction to man-made climate change. The White House temporarily blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing grants etc...
- The absence of an OSTP director is deeply concerning to me, as Trump’s policies represent a challenge to the fundamentals of science.
What are you concerns?