One of several polls presented by Science Debate 2008
The advocacy group Science Debate 2008 will make an excellent documentary subject someday. In just 8 months, the growing group of concerned citizens, (although journalists, scientists and university presidents aren’t exactly your average American…), have built an aggressive campaign requesting a simple chat between the presidential candidates about science. However, with the date of that proposed debate having passed, and the presidential elections edging closer, the group is trying plan B, written responses from Barack Obama and John McCain.
What’s shocking about Science Debate 2008 is how much it has had to prove to the United States that science is important, not just to the country’s progress but to its citizens. It’s polls generally show a majority agreement that science-related issues like education, health care, energy needs and climate change need to be at the forefront of the next election. Yet, still the candidates have not responded.
In conjunction with Scientists and Engineers for America, Science Debate 2008 published today a list of 14 questions covering the biggest scientific issues of our day. After 8 years of a president who openly attacked science, (Read Chris Mooney’s “The Republican War on Science” for more information), knowing how each candidate plans to handle predicted water shortages and stem cell research would be change we can depend on.
As important as where the president stands on these issues, is how your local politicians support science. The SEA Website also tracks how congressmen vote on important scientific issues. Democratic Senator John Kerry and Democratic Congressman Michael Capuano are listed for the 8th district of Massachusetts.
Science Metropolis supports Science Debate 2008. If you’d also like to get involved, visit their Website.
Ask and Answer: Which of the 14 questions are most important to you?