The Trump antiscience attitude is going to be seen in the future as having been a terible blow to USA.
And NASA will then become a non-essential agency, and will be dissolved. We will return to the 15th century
This isn’t a joke. This isn’t the onion. Elections have consequences, one of which is the growing contempt that regular people hold for trump voters. Contempt for a group of people who voted to “blow up the system.” Contempt for the cold blooded bastards who voted to kill healthcare for those in need. Contempt for those who voted to tear down the EPA. Utter contempt for those who voted Trump, whose “NASA Pick No Longer Wants 'Expansion Of Human Knowledge' To Be A NASA Objective”
This is another example of The First Idiot-in-Chief's idiocy! Who does he think that he is appeasing by appointing a total denier of science to a position that requires the diametric opposite! IMPEACHMENT to save the country from this band of dangerously brain dead fools!
He will destroy NASA just like Pruitt is destroying the environmental protection agency.
When you pick a Republican from When you pick a Republican from Oklahoma to lead an agency that is dependent on correct scientific information, you know what you’re getting.
The future? I see that right now.
Please give Congressman Bridenstine's formal education and work experience. I don't see much "work" as a Congressman.
if he is the result of the American school system then something needs to be overhauled entirely.
Knowing that Drumpf hates people, especially women, this appointment makes sense. As a private pilot who has great respect for Navy pilots, it makes me sad that someone with the intelligence and skill to become a Navy pilot apparently is imbued with hatred for women and, given he is against the expansion of knowledge, has little to no regard for humanity in general.
Utterly horrid. I still see the influence of Uberdouchenfurher Bannon and his deconstruction of the administrative state and the blooming of the Cabinet of Incompetents again. Folks designed to destroy their departments from within. Trump loves utter chaos and distractions to try to shake scrutiny and awareness of his Maladministrations plots and schemes. Not working. The Blue Wave of Justice is coming.
I'm interested in seeing what he's for, rather than the usual Trump bashing. Going back to the Moon seems like a worthy goal, IF Congress will find it. We'll see what happens with the new heavy booster and the Orion spacecraft. One successful flight down!
@davidmsmall - My impression is that private industry is gradually taking over the space race. If funded properly, we’d be much farther along in terms of total technology. The problem is short termism vs. long term view of NASA.
That said, this pick has an pre-enlightenment appreciation of the scientific method. You can’t understand science and reject evolution, climate change, the age of the universe. Just because he was in the air force doesn’t mean that he has the requisite skills for an agency devoted to the hard sciences, etc etc.
Everyone trump puts into a position is a failure, which is part of the reason he has fired so many or drove them to quit. It shows lack of character, ignorance of his position, lack of knowledge , and pandering to so-called friends and donors like that betsy devoss who is a rich idiot!
There is no future until we remove the whole Trump administration and vote out every right wing conservative extremist in november .
He's a cruel and ignorant little man.
The war on science is at its most threatening and abject when these key science agencies are deliberately undermined and placed in thrall to authoritarianism and a medieval theocratic agenda, specifically at NASA, NIH, FDA, EPA, Department of Energy, NSF.
First we need to vote all the republicans up for re-election out of office this fall, and replace them with democrats or progressives. Second, defeat all the republicans seeking office. A clean sweep will give us (sane humans) a veto-proof majority. Third, impeach trump and pence. The new Speaker of the House becomes president automatically. After that all trump's appointments are replaced with sane humans. Then, to prevent this from happening again, we get the new presidentand congress to create a Dept. of Science. They move all the scientific agencies, inc. NASA, NOAA, USGS, everything that is even remotely scientific in nature to it. THEN all those agencies get civil service hires, not appointees, as heads. After that there will be only one poitical appointee at the top of the Dept. of Science and he will not be able to replace the scientists with political hacks.
This guy "wants fetuses to have the same civil rights as people who have been born" --- the entire point of women's reproductive rights is that fetuses should be treated as equal to born persons. I can't demand a kidney from my next door neighbor, can't even borrow it for 9 months and give it back, even if not having that kidney would cause my death. Likewise a fetus should not implicitly compel me to allow it to use my body for 9 months without my consent, even if my refusal of consent will cause that fetus' death.