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Sign this Petition to Encourage a Presidential Science Debate 0

Posted on February 15, 2008 by Juan
We live in a strange era where some presidential candidates brag about their complete absence of knowledge of science but yet admit science plays such a gigantic role in the possible improvement (or destruction) of society. Given this election climate, the Union of Concerned Scientists is asking the presidential candidates to participate in a debate focused solely on the role of science-related policy in their proposed administrations. And they want them to do it before the presidential primaries in Pennsylvania. The full text of the petition says:
Dear presidential candidate,
Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy. We would like to hear how, as president, you plan to defend science from political interference, and how you plan to use science to inform your policies. We call on you to participate in Science Debate 2008 in Philadelphia on April 18. If you want to sign it, it’s too late… address removed (May 25, 2012 edit).
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