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House Lawmakers Urge Trump to Fill White House Science & Tech Policy Director Position

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Seven House Democratic lawmakers have called on President Donald Trump to name a director for the White House’s office of science and technology policy and staff the institution with qualified scientific advisers in an effort to prevent the administration from falling prey to misinformation.

The lawmakers wrote in a joint letter published Wednesday that Trump’s recent social media posts reflect his “ignorance” of the Paris Climate Agreement’s principles and the difference between weather and climate.

“We believe that these mistakes might have been avoided if you had availed yourself of the kind of expert advice which previous presidents relied on when making such decisions,” they noted.

“Sound scientific and technology advice is indispensable to U.S. national security and economic growth, and to forming federal policies that help drive the kind of research and technological advances that made this country great.”

Reps. Donald Beyer (D-Virginia) and Bill Foster (D-Illinois) co-wrote the letter with Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon), Mark Takano (D-California), Zoe Lofgren (D-California), Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) and Jerry McNerney (D-California).

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