In case you haven’t noticed, the United States Department of Transportation has just now finally decided to do something great. You want to know what it is? Well, it happens to be the very effort of appointing a Chief Science Officer. Robert Hampshire, Ph.D. is now going to be the first chief science officer in the United States Department of Transportation since 1980-something. This announcement of the Department has grown from the Biden-Harris Administration’s attention to detail. Particularly, details surrounding the climate emergency that has the country ever so concerned. This will greatly benefit the trucking community of the USDOT as data sharing and in-cab technology will need to have an initiative to drive operations towards, in the coming years.
Will this appointment be what the USDOT needs? Ask Biden.
This initiative is so tidily-titled “the President’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis and the Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking.” And I though my sentences were taxing. Nope! This takes much more time to read! Only one man can solve this conundrum. Pete Buttigieg says so. “We’re thrilled to officially name Dr. Hampshire as our Chief Science Officer, and look forward to his contributions to this historic effort.” According to the USDOT, Hampshire is responsible for researching and developing technological initiatives inside the DOT. There’s hope that these programs conducted will be done so with integrity. The doctor will also be a huge help to Buttigieg for analyzing science and technology issues.
By re-establishing the Climate Change Center, there will be help in coordinating the Department with their related research, actions, policies and support, as the transportation industry is moving towards net-zero carbon emissions. If that’s the goal, then maybe there will be hope for the transportation sector of the American government. That’s good news, as the USDOT is hoping to “meet the highest scientific standards.”