The new US administration has taken its time in employing a science adviser. Back when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, science adviser John Holdren was nominated a month before inauguration. I had the honor of meeting him last December, and I’ve never been more intimidated or impressed by someone’s sheer intellectual presence. His commanding knowledge of every conceivable aspect of physical science—hurricane physics, ecophysiology, glaciology, and aerosol chemistry—was simply awe-inspiring. It made me feel like there was little I could tell the guy that he didn’t already know. WIRED OPINION About Benjamin Sanderson ( @benmsanderson ) is a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The rumored frontrunner for the same position for the Trump Administration is William Happer , a physicist from Princeton. Happer’s academic science credentials are solid, but he’s earned a reputation as a climate-change skeptic, with good reason . He recently...
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