Trump’s Science Adviser Confirmed And His Views On Climate Change Are Refreshing

Posted: January 3, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, News, Politics

Small believer maybe? [image credit: / CNN]

Science is a general term, and opinions about what is or isn’t good science can, and regularly do, differ so talking about ‘the science’ is a bit risky. The new adviser seems to have recognized this but the we-know-it-all climate crowd, who have been used to getting their own way, are unlikely to be impressed.

OU meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier has been confirmed to be President Trump’s top science adviser, the first time the position was held by a climatologist, says Climate Change Dispatch.

The Senate used a voice vote — an expedited process for uncontroversial nominees — to approve Droegemeier on Wednesday night, the final night of the current Congress.

Droegemeier was nominated Aug. 1 to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Trump has worked without a formal science adviser during the first two years of his presidency.

It will not be Droegemeier’s first time advising a government executive. He was named Gov. Mary Fallin’s secretary of science and technology in March 2017.

He also served for 12 years on the National Science Board under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

In August, Droegemeier stepped down as vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma to prepare for the Senate confirmation process.

Later that month, he faced a confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, where he defended scientific freedom.

“I welcome all points of view…science rarely provides immutable answers about anything,” Droegemeier said in response to a question about climate change.

“I think science is the loser when we tend to vilify and marginalize other voices,” he later added, “and I think we have to have everyone at the table talking about these things and let science take us where it takes us.”

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  1. Paul Vaughan says:

    2020 Hindsight Higher to Fire
    Red Tape UNo UKnow

    Perfectly UNacceptable dystopian surrender
    foreshadowing delectably enlightening shades of red:

    “let science take us where it takes us.”

    Just say …what?
    Just say know means no.

    “First it Giveth …then it Taketh Away” — Q

  2. Steven Fraser says:

    I am encouraged by the things the Professor has said during his Confirmation. So far, so good.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Perhaps he should take a look at this.

    Climate of Incompetence
    January 3, 2019

    Climate scientists are not programmers. I’m unique in that respect. Climate scientists also don’t want to do the hard work — taking courses and getting degrees — to become programmers. UA/NCAR was my epiphany that climate scientists’ IT incompetence was destroying climate science.
    – – –
    ‘To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer’

  4. oldbrew says:

    DOE: US exports of natural gas surpass imports in 2017 for first time in 60 years
    01 January 2019

    In 2017 the United States exported 3.17 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas and only imported 3.04 Tcf of natural gas, making net imports negative for the first time in 60 years, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).

    Total imports of natural gas fell from the peak of 4.61 Tcf in 2007 until 2015. Exports of natural gas began rising slightly in the 1990s with greater increases in the early 2000s. Exports of natural gas have tripled since 2009.