Too much politics in science policy
Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree.
On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Droegemeier seems like a good, noncontroversial choice. He has been lauded by many in the scientific community.
“He’s been a serious climate scientist, and he’s been a serious science adviser to people in positions of influence,” commented John Holdren, who directed the science and technology policy office previously — under former President Barack Obama.
Droegemeier has served in advisory positions under both Obama and former President George W. Bush.
Yet some of Trump’s critics in the Senate have pledged to fight Droegemeier’s confirmation — because he was nominated by Trump. That makes no sense. We have had too much politics in science policy already.
If Droegemeier lets facts lead to conclusions — instead of the other way around, as so often seems to be the case — he should be confirmed without delay.