Further evidence that the American political system is broken: Ted Cruz has been made chair of the committee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness (one of the things in that list of three does not belong…and why is “Space”, a small subset of science’s compass, given such a prominent spot?). Marco Rubio is chair of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (another hodge-podge!). This is as insane as putting James Inhofe in charge of environmental policy.
All of them are global warming denialists. They’ve all been evasive or confused on the issue of evolution. These are among the very last people who ought to be setting science policy…but when the Republicans have a majority, and your appointments have to be drawn from that talentless talent pool, these are the abominations we’re stuck with.