The U.S. Senate confirmed Oregon State University scientist, Jane Lubchenco, Thursday as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rob Manning reports.
|An earlier version of this story said that Lubchenco's confirmation came a week after her hearing. The confirmation was a week after she cleared the panel she had appeared before. OPB regrets the error.|
OSU has already had one scientist lead NOAA - John Byrne. He says the hold on Lubchenco’s confirmation hints at her new job’s political nature.
John Byrne: “It was a political holding maneuver, and my sense, when I saw what was happening was I said ‘welcome to hardball politics, Jane, this is the way Washington functions’.”
Byrne says Lubchenco should excel as administrator, because her environmental priorities align with the Obama Administration’s.
Lubchenco’s confirmation came the same day that a senate panel moved her likely boss, former Washington governor, Gary Locke, toward confirmation as Commerce Secretary.