January 9, 2017 | Members of the 115th Congress were sworn into office on January 3 and on January 20, President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office, becoming our 45th president. In the months since the November 8 election, there has been much speculation and little certainty about the direction of the new government in Washington, how they will proceed with enacting their vision for America, and how it will affect our research and education community.
At UCAR we have avoided speculation about what will happen and instead focused our efforts and attention on how we can best advocate for the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. The work we do is fundamentally apolitical and centered on the protection of life and property, and our efforts provide vital support to economic development and national security. As with the guidance to the incoming administration we issued in November, we will continue our nonpartisan activities, seeking new opportunities to advance the goals of our community.
We remain a science-focused, nonpolitical organization that understands and promotes the importance of objective scientific research and the criticality of scientific integrity. We will continue to promote and demonstrate the value of the wide and open availability of well-maintained and archived data records. We will continue to actively educate decision makers on the important research that our community performs and the value of this research to broader society.
We do not yet know what the ultimate impact of this Congress and administration will be on our community. We will take every opportunity to work with the government to advance the state of the atmospheric and related sciences whenever and wherever we can; to that end, we are still accepting community nominations for key leadership positions in the federal government. If you have not already done so, please nominate outstanding leaders to fill positions of community importance.
UCAR will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the scientific community can carry out its important work. To receive regular updates about our activities in Washington, D.C., and federal budget and policy news affecting our community, subscribe to the UCAR Washington Update e-newsletter.