Washington, DC (December 20, 2008)- President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of John Holdren as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jane Lubchenco as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology,” said Obama.
Stressing the importance the new administration places on climate change, Holdren addressed the issue specifically, calling the term “global warming” a misnomer. “It implies something gradual, something uniform, something quite possibly benign, and what we’re experiencing is none of those,” said Holdren. Lubchenco, who previously called the Bush administration “anti-science” for redacting scientific documents recommending action on climate change, also spoke out about the issue. “I am very much looking forward to a new administration that does respect scientific information and that considers it very seriously in making environmental policies,” said Lubchenco.
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