13 May 2017

Talk radio host to become USDA's "top scientist"

You can't make this stuff up.  At least I couldn't.  Maybe Neil Gaiman can...
The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

But Sam Clovis — who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump’s pick to oversee the section — appears to have no such credentials.

Clovis has never taken a graduate course in science and is openly skeptical of climate change. While he has a doctorate in public administration and was a tenured professor of business and public policy at Morningside College for 10 years, he has published almost no academic work.

Clovis is better known for hosting a conservative talk radio show in his native Iowa and, after mounting an unsuccessful run for Senate in 2014, becoming a fiery pro-Trump advocate on television...

Catherine Woteki, who served as undersecretary for research, education and economics in the Obama administration, compared the move to appointing someone without a medical background to lead the National Institutes of Health. The USDA post includes overseeing scientific integrity within the agency.

This position is the chief scientist of the Department of Agriculture. It should be a person who evaluates the scientific body of evidence and moves appropriately from there,” she said in an interview...
More at Pro Publica.  Image via Jobsanger.

I'll close the comments on this one; there is no possible counterargument.


  1. We get it, you don't like trump how bout shutting the fuck up and supporting whatever president we have.

    1. Yes, because blind support for one's leaders is always a recipe for success.

    2. Anonymous- we get it, all you're good for is making cowardly, anonymous remarks backed by nothing but obscenities since you can't possibly present, let alone back up, a sane, logical argument.

  2. The Republican plan (which the Democrats have not very vigorously opposed) to dumb us down into servile workers operating without any facts or info capable of unifying ourselves (while toiling for non living wage standards) has been in play for decades; the results now apparent for all the world to see- we 'elected' a complete and clueless incompetent to run the whole show.

  3. Bravo Stan! Fight the good fight!

    1. Just to be clear:
      1) I am not the Stan of this blog.
      2) Talk is cheap- vital, but impotent w/o action.


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