Holdren to be Nominated as Obama’s Science Advisor

December 20, 2008

http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2008/12/sources-john-ho.html?cid=143172030#comments

As of the time of this writing, it’s not official yet, but it’s being reported that John Holdren will be named Obama’s Science Advisor.  From what I can gather about Holdren, this is a terrific pick.  Holdren has been an outspoken advocate of strong action to address climate change and, earlier in his career, co-wrote papers with Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb.  (Here’s a sample:  http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/pdf_extract/171/3977/1212)

As I’ve said before, although Obama has never directly addressed the problem of population growth, nor has he given any indication at all that he sees it as a problem, you have to believe that someone as intelligent as Obama who is truly concerned about climate change and our dependence on foreign oil will eventually come to the realization that fueling population growth with high rates of immigration will be counter-productive to his environmental and energy objectives.  An advisor like Holdren can surely expedite that day of reckoning.

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