Trump pick to head NASA faces fight over climate comments
September 7, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to head NASA faces a contentious Senate confirmation over his past comments dismissive of global warming as a man-made problem.
Trump has tapped three-term Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to oversee the space agency, a job that often goes to astronauts or scientists. If confirmed, Bridenstine would be the first member of Congress to lead the agency during its nearly 60-year existence.
Both Republicans and Democrats forecast a battle over the nomination.
"I think he faces a tough fight because he's been outspoken in some areas t...