… announced in the very near future. Or never.
I swear, if you told Donald Trump that scientists said don’t lick the metal railing in the dead of winter, he’d lick the metal railing. Then, he’d get stuck, and he’d blame Obama.
At this point, according to Nature, Donald Trump has gone longer sans science adviser than any recent president, by a good margin. The previous record was held by … wait for it …
… George W. Bush. Bush’s Marburger was confirmed on October 23rd 2001.
Would you like to guess which president holds the record for how fast the science adviser was named?
A few names have come up as possible picks for this post. David Gelernter, a conservative, or really, anti-liberal, computer geek and William Happer, a rabid anti-climate science denier have met with Trump.
You may remember this event involving Happer:
In 2015, the environmental group Greenpeace UK announced that it had caught Happer in a sting operation. Greenpeace officials, posing as representatives of an unnamed Middle Eastern oil company, offered Happer money to write a report on the benefits of increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 — while keeping the funding source a secret. Happer agreed, and maintains that he did nothing wrong. He says that he told the ‘oil company’ officials that any payments should be sent to the CO2 Coalition, a US non-profit organization that promotes “the important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy”.
“My views are that the whole climate hysteria is greatly overblown,” Happer told Nature. “I really do believe more CO2 will be good for the world.” That contradicts decades of climate-change research that has linked rising greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere to everything from shifting ecosystems to rising seas.
Here is a Graphic, from Nature, comparing various recent presidents’ science adviser nominations and confirmations. There might be a pattern here. A bad pattern.
This is what a war on science looks like, folks.