Nineteen months in, Trump has nominated a candidate to fill the empty science adviser position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
Governments lean on science advisers for guidance on increasingly complex issues of great concern, including oil and gas development, drug legalization, water quality and the environment.
How did an administration committed to restoring "science to its rightful place" actually do?
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