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WASHINGTON — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment, and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it’s moving slower as well.

Of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions — including two for Health and Human Services secretary — almost 60 percent did not have a master’s degree or a doctorate in a science or health field, according to an Associated Press analysis. For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees.

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  • Is there any possibility that plain and willful ignorance will not interfere with important decisions in government? To wit, a Nobel prize winner in Economics, Peter Diamond was denied the post in the Federal Reserve Board by republican lawyers/politicians “because he did not have enough expertise”??? Obviously, those lawyers/politicians are not qualified to evaluate a Scientist. Ever. It is a shame that the most advanced Country in the World has so many ignorant lawyers in congress/senate and very few or none Scientists able to make the appropriate decisions. Oh, lawyers should be doing only clerical work, for We the Citizens have already seen the awful results. Seriously.

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