The leaders of 29 science organizations are urging President-elect Donald Trump to meet with them and quickly appoint a science adviser.
(From E&E News PM / by Christa Marshall)– Signers of the new Trump letter include most major science groups, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Geophysical Union. Appointment of an adviser would help the president-elect analyze effective ways to use science and technology to address national challenges, the leaders said.
The letter also outlines the role of science and technology in fueling U.S. economic growth over the past half-century.
“We urge that you quickly appoint a science advisor with the title of Assistant to the President for Science and Technology who is a nationally respected leader with the appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills necessary for this critically important role,” says the letter, which was dated Nov. 23.
“If we are to maintain America’s global leadership, and respond to the economic and security challenges currently facing the nation, we must build on our strong history of federal support for innovation, entrepreneurship and science and technology,” it adds.
Trump’s views on science policy are not fully known. If previous transitions are a guide, the appointment of the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy could happen after decisions are made about most other federal agencies.
The letter comes as many scientists are publicly jittery after Trump’s earlier comments questioning climate science. Many are urging the president-elect to maintain funding for science programs.
In an editorial this month in Science, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, urged Trump to appoint a science adviser who would be fully integrated into senior decisionmaking on a range of issues from infrastructure to cybersecurity (Greenwire, Nov. 18).
The association also sent letters to House and Senate leaders this month urging them to move appropriations bills. Many scientists say they are concerned that a continuing resolution may block proposed increases for science programs.
Story from E&E News PM, Monday, November 28, 2016.