President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the appointment of a new chief science adviser and science adviser to his administration, signaling the administration is preparing to address the rising problem of misopinion about the science of climate change.
The president, who has long criticized scientists for not accurately predicting the human impact on climate change, has long struggled to find scientists who share his views.
But on Thursday, he announced he would nominate Dr. Daniela Buss, an economist and former research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as a “chief science adviser” to Trump, who also said he was appointing a former University of Chicago professor and climate scientist as a chief scientist.
The two men are expected to work together on issues ranging from ocean acidification to global food security, including addressing climate change as part of an overall effort to develop science policies that prioritize research.
“The president is committed to working with the scientific community and the broader scientific community to develop policies that will help ensure that the American people have access to reliable, accurate, and reliable information about climate change,” Trump said in a statement.
Buss previously served as deputy assistant secretary of energy for science and technology under former President Barack Obama.
She also served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank that advocates for free-market principles.
Bresson, who is also an author of “Climate Wars: How Science and Politics Are at the Crossroads of a New Century,” will serve as a senior adviser to Trump and will advise him on scientific matters and “to provide advice to the president on science policy,” according to the White House.
Trump also nominated Dr. Lawrence M. Rieck, a longtime climate scientist at Cornell University, to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The OSTP is Trump’s first official science adviser, and it is a role that many scientists have long wished they could hold.
But Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to questions about whether it will include a science adviser from outside the science community.
Earlier this year, the president tapped former Georgia Gov.
Sonny Perdue, a Republican, as OSTPs chief science advisor.
The appointment of Buss and Riecki as OstPs science advisers follows a series of other high-profile appointments that the Trump administration has made in recent weeks, including the hiring of a climate change adviser, former NASA climate scientist Jason Chu, as an assistant to the secretary of transportation.
Trump’s decision to nominate Buss comes amid rising concern about misperceptions about climate science, including from Republicans and some Democrats, who have argued the scientific consensus is that global warming is caused by human activity.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he “cannot get enough” of Bressons views on the topic.
“A little bit of misinformation from a few scientists on this issue would be no reason for me to abandon the consensus,” he wrote.
“But it’s just not good enough.
I need a scientist to fight the facts and the facts fight back!”
Trump’s tweets come as his administration faces criticism from scientists who say the administration has failed to deliver on its campaign promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is failing to address misperceived climate science.
In September, the Department of Energy announced it was launching a new science advisory group aimed at improving the science and policy coordination among federal agencies, including by encouraging more scientists to speak out.
The group will be led by Buss as well as Riecker, Chu and others.
Bresnahan reported from Washington.
Associated Press writer John Wagner contributed to this report.