Republican Jim Bridenstine became President Donald Trump’s choice as the upcoming leader of space agency NASA. There is one problem though. Even though he is a member of the Republican Party, Bridenstine lacks any formal qualifications in engineering or science. This was a basic requirement for previous NASA leaders. On top of that, the politician expressed numerous times his doubts regarding the scientific data on climate change. Both Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump’s selection of a climate change denier.
Bridestine Reportedly Asked Donald Trump to Bestow Him a Leadership Position at NASA or the Air Force
NASA is in need of a permanent leader since the beginning of this year. Former astronaut Charles Bolden decided to hand over his resignation as NASA leader the moment Donald Trump became the President of the United States.
At the moment, the space agency found a temporary replacement in the person of its associate administrator, Robert Lightfoot Jr. He is officially the first NASA administrator with the longest tenure.
However, on Friday the President announced that Jim Bridenstine is his choice for the new NASA leader. The news was just the revelation of months of speculations. Bridenstine was one of the major players that supported Trump’s presidential campaign. Last year, it was reported that the Republican informally requested Trump to bestow him a leadership position whether within NASA or the Air Force.
The nomination is now heading to the Senate to get an official confirmation. Bridenstine is not a stranger to the American space agency. In fact, he is the author of the 2016 American Space Renaissance Act. This bill which never passed the Congress aimed to upgrade the collection of satellites of the Defense Department and solve the space debris issue.
On top of that, the proposal looked to focus the agency’s ambitious projects on only several main goals such as sending human missions to Mars. Another grandiose project was a permanent colonization of the Moon.
Republicans and Democrats Frowned upon the Nomination of a Climate Change Denier as NASA Head
On the other hand, Bridenstine is resolute to make climate change seem like a non-existent threat to humanity. In 2013, the Republican claimed that global temperatures remained the same in the past ten years.
Science brought solid evidence that this claim is not true. Therefore, both Republicans and Democrats look at the nomination of a climate change denier for a NASA leadership position with suspicion.
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