President Donald Trump chose Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, America's preeminent scientific agency, tasked with exploring outer space and the Earth's atmosphere. There are a couple of glaring issues with this appointment.
Ideology over Facts:
Bridenstine wanted to strip “expansion of human knowledge” from NASA's core objectives according to the American Institute of Physics.
In a proposed bill, Bridenstine wanted NASA to amend its current institutional objectives, this would have included eliminated the following core institutional goals:
“[The expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space” and the conduct of studies on “the utilization of aeronautical and space activities for peaceful and scientific purposes.”
While Bridenstine doesn't care much for science or education, he does care a lot about what people do behind closed doors.
"Bridenstine is everything you'd expect of a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. He's anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, opposes ObamaCare, opposes a woman's right to choose, denies climate change is real and even opposes supporting alternative energy, he "pals around" with far right wing extremists like Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, wants fetuses to have the same civil rights as people who have been born, wants a federal law banning same-sex marriage and thinks states should have the right to ban it."
His record shows that he is radically bigoted against the LGBT community and women**.** Unsurprisingly, Bridenstine believes fetuses should have the same rights as people who have already been born and that comprehensive sex education is poor public policy.
In some positive news, Brindenstein accepted climate change as fact more than a year after starting as NASA's administrator.