Rep. Jim Bridenstine
The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued an action alert urging citizens to write their senators to oppose the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to become the next NASA Administrator.
Representative Bridestine has recommended significantly altering NASA’s mission by stripping out all Earth science related work from Congress’s declared policy and purpose for NASA. NASA’s Earth science research advances understanding of how disasters like Hurricane Irma, Harvey, and Maria and droughts in the Upper Midwest form and allows us to better prepare and respond to extreme weather events across the country. The research is critical to the health and safety of the US public.
He also has a history of publicly questioning the cause of climate change. His public remarks suggest that his current understanding of Earth Science is largely informed by politically charged skeptics of climate change research. We need a NASA administrator who can differentiate science from politics.
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