Imagine it’s early 2001. The new George W. Bush administration is in office, with rumors circulating about its skepticism of global warming in particular and science in general. You get a call from the National Academy of Sciences. They want you to chair a study on the state of climate change. The White House is asking for the study, and they want a report in four weeks.
Ralph J. Cicerone got that call. NAS president since 2005, Cicerone is this morning’s lecturer as the Jim Lehrer-moderated examination of “What Voters Need to Know” continues.