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After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn't Have a Science Adviser


President Obama and John Holdren

President Obama with science advisor John Holdren in November 2010. Holdren and many colleagues are concerned that the Trump administration has given science such short shrift.

Credit: Pete Souza / The White House

More than a year after taking office, President Trump has yet to appoint a science adviser—longer than any other president since World War II, when Franklin D. Roosevelt created the position to receive technical, apolitical advice.

His failure to fill the prominent post, which has required Senate confirmation since 1976, has raised concerns among scientists throughout the United States, but perhaps nowhere more than in Cambridge, where the most recent White House science adviser is sounding the alarm.

"It's mind-boggling," says John Holdren, Obama's science adviser for eight years who has since resumed his career as a professor of environmental policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. "It's vital for the president to get the best science advice, and right now, he isn't getting that. His decisions are being made without the benefit of science."

From The Boston Globe
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