Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Okay, a black president, sure, whatever. But a Mexican taking a leading role in the US president's transition team? That's progress!

Mario Molina, Mexico’s Nobel Prize winning scientist and leading climate change expert, will be heading up the science and technology wing of President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team. Molina, who teaches chemistry at the University of California-San Diego, is “expected to help shape initial policies aimed at lessening the effects of global warming,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Molina is likely Mexico’s most respected scientist - he is certainly the most quoted by the Mexican press. He has been a tireless advocate for alternative energy sources in Mexico and is one the great champions for reversing Mexico City’s notorious pollution.

Since the Mexican press tend to practice a sort of institutional "grade-inflation" - insisting, for instance, that the five Mexicans who work for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Molina among them) should be referred to personally as "winners of the Nobel Peace Prize" - it's worth noting that Molina actually won his Nobel on his own.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Damn gringos... stealing the best from Mexico again. At least I hope the Obamanauts don't ask him to clean the white house while he's there.