- Press Release
- Oct 2, 2022
So … What About NASA And Joe Biden?
One of the top priorities listed by the Biden-Harris Transition Team is Climate Change.
While climate science/ Earth science is not explicitly mentioned, understanding how our planet’s climate is changing is at the top of the list of science priorities for agencies such as NASA and NOAA. And the Biden folks like to use that word “science”. How the Transition Team conducts itself will be guided by a Code of Ethical Conduct and Ethics Plan. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Trump Administration allows a professional level of cooperation during the transition – or not. FWIW I do not sense that the Biden folks have any plans to blow anything up or make dramatic changes. So everyone reading this should chill out a bit.
We’ll all get an idea as to how the transition is going to go tomorrow when the Biden Team names their COVID-19 task force. The obvious question be asked by the media is whether this august group of experts has – or will – even be allowed to talk to people at NIH, CDC, FDA, etc. so as to best understand the state of play for the pandemic and to line up their plan with what is or is not being done. Whether or not transition activities can proceed depends on whether the GSA says that they can. So far they are not giving the go ahead (as noted above). And the White House has not even admitted that the Biden-Harris team won the election. So … if the Administration wants to allow roadblocks to prevent efforts to address the pandemic to proceed, trivial matters such as NASA are certainly not going to get any attention.