David Kirkpatrick

December 18, 2008

Obama to name John Holdren as his science advisor

Updating this post of mine, Obama is expected to name John Holdren as his science advisor.

From the second link:

Eli Kintisch is reportingat the ScienceInsider blog that John Holdren, who is a Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of Program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Havard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will be tapped as science advisor by President-elect Barack Obama.

In his salad days, Holdren was a paid-up member of The Limits to Growth club. For example, in his 1971 Sierra Club book, Energy: A Crisis in Power, Holdren declared that “it is fair to conclude that under almost any assumptions, the supplies of crude petroleum and natural gas are severely limited. The bulk of energy likely to flow from these sources may have been tapped within the lifetime of many of the present population.” More recently, Holdren has declared that the world is not running out energy and that even “peak oil” is debatable. 

I think it’s easy to divine the direction Obama’s energy policy will take. No surprises, there. He campaigned on the need to explore alternative energy sources immediately.