That’s the word from the Washington Post. Like, wow. Lubchenco is yet another distinguished scientist and ScienceDebate2008 supporter. We are racking them up in this administration. Here’s Lubchenco’s video:
Chu, Holdren, Lubchenco….we’ve got a hell of a science administration shaping up here.
P.S.: Joe Romm has huge praise for the John Holdren pick, and says Holdren is even better than Chu in some ways in terms of dealing with the climate issue…but I would ask, why then wasn’t he rolled out as part of the energy and environment team? It’s not clear to me how much Holdren will focus on his area of expertise, climate change and energy, given how many people the administration has already named to lead in these areas. As Eli Kintisch puts it over at Science Insider:
A top adviser to the Obama campaign and international expert on energy and climate, Holdren would bolster Obama’s team in those areas. Both are crowded portfolios. Obama has already created a new position to coordinate energy issues in the White House staffed by well-connected Carole Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and nominated a Nobel-prize winning physicist, Steve Chu, to head the Department of Energy. That could complicate how the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Holdren will run, will manage energy and environmental policy. “OSTP will have to be redefined in relation to these other centers of formulating policy,” says current White House science adviser Jack Marburger.
Remains to be determined, then, precisely how all of these distinguished people will fit into the White House….