Updated - The archived video is now available on the committee website, so I've been able to go back and fill in the details I missed due to earlier technical problems.
Due to technical problems, this liveblog of the Confirmation hearings for Jane Lubchenco and John Holdren begins in progress. Dr. Lubchenco is giving her opening statement.
Honor and privilege to appear as Office of Science and Technology Policy nominee. Office has two areas of responsibility. One is input into policy, education and training, and fostering innovation. Other is science and technology FOR policy - making sure that good science is available to policymakers. Need to recruit good talent and use it well.
Challenges at intersection of science and policy:
Investments in science and technology have driven huge part of economy. In economic crisis, must resist temptation to decrease science funding. R&D in space is particularly important, not a luxury. Crucial to national defense, communications, weather forecasting, earth conditions, and more. Investments in space are a bargain.
Important function in promoting move from R&D to application. Fostering capacity for translating Sci&Tech knowledge to real benefits. Development of new tech crucial at intersection of energy, defense, climate change.
Information technology changed global communications, but we're just scratching surface of possibilities. Better use of IT key to improving K-12 education and beyond, and not just to produce scientists. STEM education key across the board. Education key to providing Americans with the tools they need to participate successfully in our democracy.
Sci and Tech crucial to national security. DARPA important. So is international cooperation. Unilateral action not good.
Speed of advancement is largely a policy choice.
Introduced by Senator Wyden (D-OR). "Bionic Woman of Good Science". Several minutes more gushing.
Honor to be here. Thanks Senator Wyden. Thanks family. (Earth to Dr. Holdren, there might be something you forgot to do.)
Personal history about love of oceans. Oceans essential to human life and prosperity. Healthy ocean ecosystems are absolutely critical. Science should inform, but not dictate, policy. NOAA creates jobs, protects lives and property, premier government agency for applied science.
Need to bring back fisheries. Improve weather forecasting. Work on climate forecasting. Protect and recover coasts, bays, oceans.
Need better information about potential local impacts of climate change. Will work to create National Climate Service if confirmed, along lines of Weather Service.
Question for both from Sen. Rockefeller (I guess I missed the Holdren opening):
How do you protect integrity of science?
Science doesn't tell us what to do, it helps us understand potential effects of different choices. Hopes scientific info will be available to inform decisions, not dictate choices.
(sounds sort of familiar)
Agrees. Scientific facts aren't everything in decisionmaking, but are something. Need to distinguish between best assessment of science. Need to clarify rules for disseminating information.
Many scientists have different views - how serious climate change, what do we have to do - remarkable differences, all scientists, how resolve?
Holdren: Will always be diverse opinions on complex science. In matters of policy, bet with the odds. Look at range of opinion, center of gravity, organizations. Go with the bulk of the opinion of the scientists WHO HAVE ACTUALLY STUDIED THAT ISSUE. Relevant expertise. Climate change real, accelerating, caused by us, getting more dangerous.
Softball question. Will you help our committee if we ask for it?
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