20 Jul '17, 3pm

Typical but still incredible: Trump Illegally Nominates Non-Scientist to Lead Science at the USDA

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2017)—Today President Trump nominated Sam Clovis, a conservative talk radio host and former Trump campaign adviser, for the role of chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With no background in science, Clovis—who is also a vocal climate denier—is an unacceptable and illegal choice for this important role that affects farmers, rural communities, and the health and nutrition of all Americans. The United States Code requires that the USDA’s undersecretary for research, education, and economics— who also serves as the agency’s chief scientist—be chosen from among “distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” Clovis has no such training or experience, and is therefore legally and scientifically unqualified to direct nearly $3 billion a year in researc...

Full article: http://www.ucsusa.org/press/2017/president-trump-illegall...

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