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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:21 PM

Trump's Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree

Because Trump has not nominated someone to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios is the de facto leader

By Scott Waldman, ClimateWire on February 14, 2018

A job that's been held by some of the nation's top scientists is now occupied by a 31-year-old politics major from Princeton University. And it's unlikely to change soon, observers say, leaving President Trump without a science adviser as the administration wrestles with a severe outbreak of the flu, lead-poisoned drinking water and record-breaking disasters that many scientists say are sharpened by rising temperatures.

More than a year into his term, Trump hasn't identified a potential nominee for the key position held by prominent scientists in Republican and Democratic administrations alike. And it stands to get harder. There's a razor-thin margin for Senate approval, and Trump's critics and supporters could complicate the confirmation of anyone who rejects mainstream climate science.

That means the job falls to Michael Kratsios, the deputy assistant in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. At least for now. Kratsios graduated from Princeton in 2008 with a political science degree and a focus on Hellenic studies. He previously served as chief of staff to Peter Thiel, the controversial Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump ally.

The vacancy might reflect Trump's skepticism on climate change. If the president believes that the Senate would balk at a nominee who questions widely accepted views on climate change, he might prefer to leave the post open, said William Happer, an emeritus physics professor at Princeton University who is considered a leading candidate for the job. Happer says the Earth is experiencing a "CO2 famine."

"There is no problem from CO2," Happer said last month in an interview with E&E News (Climatewire, Jan. 25).

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:24 PM

1. Well, he knows that everything is made up of earth, water, air, and fire

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That's all the physics and chemistry you need

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:30 PM

2. Someone saw "Science" and said ... "just what we're looking for!"




And he's doing a heck of a job Brownie.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:32 PM

3. For the Trump admin, he is almost over qualified

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:33 PM

4. "Well, hasn't killed anybody as far as we know . . . good enough!"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:03 PM

5. Who is surprised by this?

Trump does not believe in science and so this idiot is perfect for him

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