It took a full two years before president Donald Trump appointed a scientific advisor. But in the Monday sworn the meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier into the office, and on Friday he spoke for the first time in public about their mission, at the annual conference of the american vetenskapsorganisationen the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, AAAS.
have seen the long wait on a scientific advisor as further proof that Donald Trump does not care about the science, and also displays contempt for the scientific conclusions. But Kelvin Droegemeier, who was a member of the national research council under both president Barack Obama and George W Bush, presented a different picture.
– Science and technology are living and have health in the government Trump, he assured.
has previously avoided comment on climate change, and referred to the fact that he is not a climatologist, and that ” the climate system is a very, very complicated thing”. It was clear that the AAAS ceo Rush Holt, who up until 2015 was a member of the house of representatives for the Democrats, chose his words carefully when he introduced the Kelvin Droegermeier. Without using the concept of climate change, he still clearly.
" I hope and expect that he will clearly be able to submit a clear and well understood, the evidence from climate science that human activities are changing the climate, causing large costs, and that action is needed, he said.
Kelvin Droegemeier yourself mentioned climate change, albeit in passing, a bit in his speech about the visions for science's future in the united states and the importance of establishing creative research environments in the cooperation between universities, government agencies and private industries.
– Where can researchers get the opportunity to explore cutting-edge ideas to solve some of the biggest challenges humanity faces today: to explore space, climate change, to eradicate disease, and to make it possible for people to live longer and healthier lives.
many cases of sexual harassment at american universities revealed, and several leading scientists have had to leave their services. Kelvin Droegemeier was in his speech clear to the work against violations must continue.
Standards for the behaviour we expect within the scientific community must apply to wherever the research takes place. To prevent sexual harassment and other forms of harassment is a task for the whole of the scientific community so that we can deal with this and solve it, " he said.
He also talked about the need to reduce the researchers ' administrative tasks so that science can continue to flourish in the united states.
– God bless each of you and may God bless the united states of America, ended the Kelvin Droegemeier, before he hurriedly left the stage and the venue before anyone got the chance to ask questions.