The impressively named President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology counts an august array of academics, engineers and scientists among its members. Even the council is impressed with its own stature — describing itself as “an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers.” PCAST is charged with advising to the president on matters of “science, technology, and innovation.” Not included among its enumerated advisory duties are medicine, virology or immunology.
Notwithstanding such limitation on its jurisdiction, PCAST earlier this month issued a “Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza.” This well-publicized swine flu report is highly and unnecessarily alarmist.
These self-styled, appointed “leaders” are tasked with offering “advice” to the president, but they appear more interested in blowing their own horn and making public statements, than they are in offering the president sound but quiet counsel.
The 86-page swine