On Thursday, the White House blog ran a post about Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren. It announced the revival of ‘Ask Dr. H.’ Back in 2010 there was a series of posts from Dr. Holdren on science education and science policy topics. The latest effort is targeted to climate change.
Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, people can send their questions, tagged #AskDrH, about climate change. Dr. Holdren will respond to questions via video. Given the flood of requests, the challenge is not just to get your question in under whatever character limit applies. You have to, somehow, craft the inquiry such that it will attract attention.
As for what will work, your guess is as good as mine. If you search any of these services with the #AskDrH tag, you’ll likely find a lot of noise. Even if you manage to get through, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll have your question responded to in such a way that it will simply restate Administration policy. It’s an excellent reminder that while Dr. Holdren is a scientist, he’s a political appointee obligated to represent the Administration. Not scientists or science enthusiasts.