This looks like the spinup of a wingnut push against Chu, who said something scientifically unobjectionable but is being pilloried (Hmm, I believe that is the first time I ever used that word…) for it.
whuh, them’re ’em pillors, son
Chu is the real deal, of course.
That is why he uses “we” the way a scientist does, which is to say, “I don’t really get it, but the default scientific network of trust extends to people who seem to me to be saying that anyone looking closely enough will determine….” Right.
The redneck hinterland does not understand this use of “we” and projects that this is imposition of authority by untrusted chains.
Notice that science itself has an alternative network of trust. But the disastrous schism at NASA indicates that even that is deteriorating. Can we even say “we” anymore?
There is almost nothing in the way of common understanding in America nowadays. Perhaps there never was, but “we” (all of us pulling together) managed to paper it over somehow.