Non-scientist Skewered by Senator – But Wins by 1 Vote in Committee Anyhow
One senator called nominee Jim Bridenstine’s behavior “as extreme as any” he’d seen in Washington.
Bridenstine was tapped by Trump to be NASA administrator in early September, despite having no formal background in science or engineering ? although he is a Navy Reserve pilot and once served as executive director of the Air and Space Museum & Planetarium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The nomination drew swift backlash from environmentalists and scientists, as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Also, From Wikipedia (Nov. 8, 2017):
Bridenstine rejects the scientific consensus behind global climate change and in a 2013 speech on the House floor falsely claimed that global temperatures stopped rising ten years earlier.
In 2017, Bridenstine supported James Langevin‘s legislation requiring the Defense Department to report on the effects of climate change on military installations and strategic battle plans. According to journalist Keith Cowing, Bridenstine’s support for the Langevin amendment “was widely seen as being instrumental in its passage.”
Bridenstine criticized the Obama administration for spending “30 times as much money” on climate science as on weather forecasting; PolitiFact found that Bridenstine’s assertion was “mostly false”.
In the 114th Congress, he has served as the Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. In that role, he has pushed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “…to integrate commercial data into its weather forecasting models.” In September 2016, NOAA awarded two contracts to private weather satellite firms to provide data for its use.
Before the vote, Nelson read aloud comments made by Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, the lone Senate Republican to state his opposition, has said Bridenstine’s leadership “could be devastating for the space program.”