The pick of John Holdren says Obama's serious about countering global warming or as Holdren calls it, global disruption. See video below.
See the video announcement of Obama's entire science and tech team here.
John Holdren: Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Holdren will also serve as a Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology—or PCAST.
Jane Lubchenco: Administrator of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dr. Harold Varmus: Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology—or PCAST
Dr. Eric Lander: Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology—or PCAST
John Holdren currently is director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, and director of the Woods Hole Research Center. Here is his CV. His many publications show that like Obama, he has a holistic view of government.
Science mag: Holdren is well known for his work on energy, climate change, and nuclear proliferation. Trained in fluid dynamics and plasma physics, Holdren branched out into policy early in his career. He has led the Woods Hole Research Center for the past 3 years and served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceInsider) in 2006.Holdren talking about why science and technology matter:
Holdren prefers "global disruption" to "global warming." He says global warming infers temperature but what's happening is more than temperature warming.
Global disruption accounts for all the wildfires, droughts, expanding range of malaria.