Last, but not least, looking beyond the White House, The Hill’s Ben Geman had an update on the race between three Republicans, who are all climate-change skeptics, to be the next chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner, Texas’s Lamar Smith, and California’s Dana Rohrbacher are all vying for the position. Geman included statements from Sensenbrenner and Smith, both of whom mentioned a desire to evaluate NASA and US space policy—a subject that hardly came up during the presidential campaign.
For the moment, there are more questions than answers about what lies ahead for energy, the environment, and other scientifically relevant issues. The post-election coverage has made it clear precisely what these questions are, however, and reporters should have a good sense of where they’ll need to follow up during the next four years.