Who is Mark Myers?
That's what many US geologists are asking in the wake of an announcement that President George W. Bush will nominate Myers to head the US Geological Survey (USGS). ...Myers has a PhD in geology and has spent much of his career in Alaska, working for oil companies and for the state — sometimes alone in remote locations, armed with a shotgun in case of grizzly bears...If confirmed by the Senate, Myers would be the first USGS director in decades to come neither from academia nor from within the agency....Myers worked most recently as head of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas. In the past he has supported drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a protected region of Alaska. And this has spooked some environmentalists. But if he gets the USGS job, Myers says, he would stay out of any decision making: "My job is strictly to provide the data, to help people understand the data and its limitations."
These seems to be another one of those pro-con things. Pro: Energy is a major issue facing our country over the next several decades, so having a USGS chief who knows something about the subject seems like a good idea. Con: He's from way outside the science research establishment. How capable and effective is he going to be? Con: Has Bush picked an outsider so that he can have more influence than he would if the next USGS chief were more recognized.