Nuanced Climate Views of Presidential Adviser Concern Senate

  • Date: 24/08/18
  • Sara Reardon, Nature News

Drogemeier refuses to board the bandwagon.

Meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), says that science should be conducted without political interference or influence.

“I am absolutely firm on the point,” Droegemeier told a Senate committee during his nomination hearing on 23 August. But he equivocated on whether views that are in the minority, such as doubts about the human role in climate change, should be included in policymaking decisions. “Science never provides immutable evidence about anything,” he said. “I think science is the loser when we tend to vilify and marginalize other voices. We need to have everyone at the table.”

Republican and Democratic committee members asked Droegemeier multiple questions regarding climate change. But the extreme-weather researcher offered little, other than saying that bringing the weather and climate-modelling communities together could improve forecasts for activities such as agriculture. “There’s a real symbiosis there,” Droegemeier said.

“I thought in related questions about climate, Kelvin handled them very well,” said physicist Neal Lane, who served as science adviser to former US president Bill Clinton. The meteorologist used the senators’ questions to make points that he thought were important, Lane added.

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