Under Obama, climate change won’t be written off as a “liberal cause”

At least not at the level of federal government. Wingnut bloggers will no doubt redouble their clueless thundering and dutiful FOX-News copycatting about the subject, and more moderate dissenting voices are not apt to view the president-elect’s choice of two notoriously pro-regulation climate-change experts–Harvard physicist John Holdren and Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco–to take command of science positions as an especially good thing.
Regardless, this is the one science-related area–with the possible exception of embryonic stem-cell funding and research limitations–in which policymaking is certain to change the most from the Bush regime. Over the past eight years, the Bushfolk have fought stoically to portray the very notion of global warming as a silly and misguided myth perpetrated by alarmist liberals keen on making a buck off the whole scam. One wonders what they might have produced had there not apparently been so many mirrors handy.
Holdren, a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will serve as Obama’s top science adviser and will manage about 40 Ph.D-level experts who help form and communicate sci-tech policy. Lubchenco will be the first woman to head the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which administrates the National Weather Service.

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