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NASA chief wants to be "above the fray" on climate change

President Donald Trump shakes hands with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
President Donald Trump gives the signing pen to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on June 18. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said he’s not getting pushback from Trump administration officials over his recent, high-profile endorsement of the scientific consensus that human activities are the dominant cause of global warming.

"The administration has been very supportive of my position. Nobody's given me a hard time about it at all"
— NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, in an interview with Axios

Why it matters: Bridenstine leads one of the world's top climate science research agencies, so his position on this issue will influence support for studies that in turn form the basis for policy decisions. Yet he's out of step with senior Trump officials.