The Top American Science Questions: 2012

“Whenever the people are well-informed,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, “they can be trusted with their own government.”

Science now affects every aspect of life and is an increasingly important topic in national policymaking.

ScienceDebate.org invited thousands of scientists, engineers and concerned citizens to submit what they felt were the the most important science questions facing the nation that the candidates for president should be debating on the campaign trail.

ScienceDebate then worked with the leading US science and engineering organizations listed at left to refine the questions and arrive at a universal consensus on what the most important science policy questions facing the United States are in 2012.

Candidates readily debate jobs and the economy even though they are not economists; they debate foreign policy and military intervention even though they are not diplomats or generals; they debate faith and values even though they are not priests or pastors. We call on the candidates for President to also debate these Top American Science Questions that affect all voters’ lives.

A few highlights here from my twitter feed:

Romney/Obama dodge question on how to enforce vaccinations in interest of public health in communities that fall prey to anti-science hoaxes

Romney will improve the water quality of our lakes, rivers, streams and coastal H20 by encouraging industry to work hard. No regulations.

Romney is sort of in favor of safety regulations for ag but wants all regulations to be voluntary. Huh? 

Obama wants increase in  farms but does he no that organic prohibits health & environmental benefits of ?

Romney blames teachers unions for poor STEM scores.Obama has specific plan to improve STEM teaching. .

Romney flubs second  question on global climate change, cites ” lack of scientific consensus on the issue”.

Romney flubs first science Q on Innovation: no specifics. Just a call to reduce taxes, which funds basic research. 

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