The Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors for top jobs dealing with complex science and environmental issues.
And it's moving slower as well. An analysis by The Associated Press found that of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions, including two for Health and Human Services secretary, almost 60 per cent did not have a master's degree or a doctorate in a science or health field. For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees. The AP analysed 65 Senate-confirmable positions that deal with science and environment, many of which haven't been filled yet. The analysis focused on earned degrees, not life experience.