John Tierney has an article in the New York Times questioning whether science is really being restored "to its rightful place" by the new US administration. He cites statements from Steven Chu and John Holdren that seem somewhat sensational in tone, and says, "Will Mr. Obama's scientific counselors give him realistic plans for dealing with global warming and other threats? To borrow a term from Roger Pielke Jr.: Can these scientists be honest brokers?"

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