To: The United States Senate

Stop Trump's anti-science pick for NASA

Oppose Jim Bridenstine, Trump’s climate-denier pick for Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Why is this important?

NASA performs critical climate science research -- its satellites track hurricanes like Maria, Harvey, and Irma, and the wildfires in California -- and the pollution fueling these disasters.

Yet, Trump has nominated Jim Bridenstine, a member of Congress from Oklahoma - not a scientist - to run NASA. But Bridenstine is a climate denier. In 2013 he demanded that President Obama apologize for spending NASA money on global warming. Furthermore, Bridenstine seeks to privatize space exploration, selling off NASA's critical role to for-profit corporations.

NASA needs to be kept out of politics. Florida's two senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have already voiced concern about Bridenstine's political baggage.

And, equally important, NASA needs to be run by someone who respects science. Not climate denier Jim Bridenstine.


Reasons for signing

  • As a geoscientist (PhD, geochemistry), I do not understand how Jim Bridenstine can be considered for this position. He has no science credentials, and denies the scientific evidence for climate change.
  • retired NASA employee
  • It's ridiculous to deny climate change. We need people who want to work on understanding the things that are happening to our planet, not pretending these problems won't effect us.