Last week was a busy one for me, which is reflected by my blog posts from the week. Because of this, some news items almost slipped by me, such as the GOP outrage over the EPA chief firing almost 45 Trump-appointed 'science advisors' from the Science Advisory Board and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
Predictably, the Trump Maladministration ousted EPA scientists from academia and replaced them with fossil fuel and chemical industry flacks back in 2017, so this is a corrective measure. Of course, when Republicans do this, it's not political- only Democrats are so churlish to politicize science (or morals, or 'family values' or...). GOP representatives James Comer and Ralph Norman had the gall to write this to EPA chief Michael Regan:
“Traditionally science advisory boards are bipartisan panels used to provide advice to the administrator. Unfortunately, it appears the Biden administration is continuing to purge officials in the government who do not share its political beliefs. The midterm firing of science advisory board members within the first months of a new administration .... raises serious concerns about the politicization of the EPA.”
Here is where I note that the same 'researchers' who are trying to cast doubt on the connection between climate change and the burning of fossil fuels were the monsters who tried to obfuscate the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. There's no need to give these prevaricators a seat at the table when discussing such a crisis as global climate change. They just aren't good faith actors, and they would do their level best to derail any discussion of climate crisis mitigation.
Joe Biden has the Herculean task of cleaning out the Augean Stable that Former Guy turned the government into, and thankfully he's willing to do the necessary work. Starting with four dozen hired guns posing as scientists gives me hope that he is up to the challenge.
Even more importantly, President Biden signaled his commitment to science by elevating the role of Science Advisor to a cabinet position. The only thing that would make me more excited would be Biden's formation of a Science Ninja Team: