Obama stated in a weekly radio address: "It's time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology."
The president-elect picked John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco who are leading experts on climate change. Holdren will become Obama's science adviser as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Lubchenco will head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which does government research on global warming.
Holdren also will direct the president's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. Joining him as co-chairs will be Nobel Prize-winning scientist Harold Varmus, a former director of the National Institutes of Health, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Eric Lander, a specialist in human genome research.
Seems like quite a change from the Bush administration. Will we finally get cap-and-trade for CO2?