Clinton and the Presidential Science Advisor January 7, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in politics.
In issue #13 of SEED magazine Chris Mooney has a short article discussing the role of the White House Science advisor. After discussing the current guy, Marburger, and how badly that seems to be working, he has this:
The top democratic presidential contender, Hillary Clinton, has officially pledged to right the wrongs against Marburger—or at least, against his office. If elected, Hillary says, her science adviser will be named early, get the “Assistant to the President” title back, and report directly to her.
I guess she may not be the top contender any longer… I searched the Internet but was unable to find anything referring to similar statements from Obama or Edwards. Does anyone know? During the budget cuts Obama came out quite strongly in favor of restoring funding to Fermilab (which is in his state, after all).
I really hope that if any of the tree got into office it would restore a more rational approach to science policy, but Clinton is the only one I know of that has made such a specific statement.