2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

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What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

A top science question the candidates for president should answer is:

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  1. Climate Change--Nature or man made?

    Gore-Obama/UNO agree with the conclusion of 99% scientists that the rising temperature, melting ice, rising sea levels is due to man-made CO2 and putting 100% effort to reduce CO2--only 1-scientist disagrees and comes up with evidence to prove the cause is Nature--would you listen to that or go with the flow?

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        • Will you financially support the research of artificial alternatives for impaired organs and functionalities in the human body?

          There are studies taking place that are researching the potential use of artificial prosthetic substitutes for organic functionalities happening in the body that could revolutionize terminal diseases. What is your standing on the subject?

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          • US children rank poorly in science and math. How will they improve STEM education in the USA?

            In the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment of reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries, the U.S. ranked only 35th out of 64 countries in math and 27th in science. What plans do the candidates have to make US children more competitive?

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            • How will you improve science as career?

              To retain the status as the world's most powerful nation, the US needs the strongest scientific community.To maintain such a community requires that science, as a career, becomes a financially rewarding profession with a career path that offers competitive pay for mid-level scientists so as to recruit and retain the best national and international talent. How will you work to improve science as a career?

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              • Climate change question for Mr. Trump

                Mr. Trump: you have called climate change a con job and a hoax. How do you reconcile this view with the fact that you are building a 2-mile long wall to protect your golf course from rising sea levels?

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                • Please tell me six science topics all elected officials should be familiar with and why you chose those six.

                  I'm tired of representatives not knowing what a theory is or radiometric dating or that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allows the earth to be warm enough to sustain life. I'm tired of them not understanding the importance of peer review and having a large sample size. And can any of them explain herd immunity?

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                  • Are you aware of the numerous and deleterious impacts of animal agriculture on the global environment?

                    Various sources conclude that animal agriculture's impact on climate change is equal to or greater than that of fossil fuel supplies transportation but its negative effects include deforestation/desertification, eutrophication, and exacerbating the already serious threats to endangered species/extinction and loss of biodiversity?

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                    • What will you do to significantly reduce student loan debt by $10000's from colleges/lenders exploiting young adults?

                      College education costs have multiplied over the last decade, exceeding inflation by multiples. I have $42,000 student loans to pay off, including private loans.

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                      • How are you going to change criminal law so it is consistent with modern brain science?

                        Brain circuity causes thought, feeling and behavior prior to awareness. Thus, blaming individuals for their behavior is the wrong approach.

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                          1 comment  ·  Medicine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • How will you support the moonshot to fight cancer?

                          After all, cancer accounts for one in every four deaths in the world. It Cancer will claim not just some 600,000 Americans this year, but over eight million people around the globe. And lung cancer is by far the deadliest, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting roughly 1.6 million lives lost in 2012 - more than double the victims claimed by the number two killer, liver cancer. The 2016 initiative has made progress, but needs to continue.

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                          • What would you do to increase the number of scientists serving as Congressional & local representatives?

                            Our Congress has a dearth of science-minded representatives, but an abundant number of lawyers and business owners. Those working in scientific fields are often earning incomes that would not allow them the funds to mount a successful campaign for political office, but their voices, background, knowledge & science-based mindset are desperately needed in our representative governing body. How do you propose that we bring more science-based people into governing roles, particularly as Congressional & state representatives?

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                              0 comments  ·  Scientific Integrity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ASK ABOUT THORIUM.

                              ASK ABOUT THORIUM;
                              Nuclear power without all the risk of Uranium, Plutonium or Carbon,
                              & it can burn existing nuclear waste;
                              need to research new
                              alloys to use in Thorium plants, though....

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                              • Venus, has earth like conditions 50 km above its surface. Would you, as President, push Kennedy Style, to colonize Venus or other Planets?

                                In Many ways Venus is a more immediately feasible location for Human colonization than Mars. NASA's HAVOC mission is much safer for long term habitation than any proposal for Mars. Colonizing Venus could be an amazing opportunity, so Why haven't we focused on it?

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                                • How do you foresee to stimulate closer joint private and public financing of R&D efforts?

                                  Job creation and long term economic growth depend on major new investments on basic and applied science well beyond the existing technology transfer programs.
                                  In the last 10-20 years, private investments in R&D emphasized product development, but fell short in spring-boarding technologies capable to increase productivity. Interactions between Federal applied research and private business appeared to have increasingly divergent interests.

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                                    • Selling Public Land/Resources to Big Corporate?

                                      Do you plan to stop selling Land owned by the American Public for Fossil Fuel extraction, Timber extraction, Mineral extraction, Water extraction and Commercial development?

                                      Or, Do you plan to continue selling off Public Land to Big Corporate so they can keep their Multi-Million dollar bonuses flowing at the American Public's expense?

                                      Do you intend to continue this massive transfer of Public Resources to the 0.1% income bracket, justifying it by a few thousand temporary jobs?

                                      Or, Do you intend to continue doing this to Payback Big Corporate for those Millions they are giving your campaign, that were Plundered from…

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                                      • Can growth continue on a finite planet? When is enough enough?

                                        Laws of thermodynamics impose inviolable limits on human activity, yet we continue to talk about growth, even when "planetary boundaries" are being exceeded (Rockstom, et al., Bardi, Wackernagel & Rees, etc.). Won't continuing growth that uses up the planet end in collapse?

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                                        • Land Value Taxation (LVT)

                                          When will the Georgist proposal for Land Value Taxation be taken seriously? Details follow:

                                          17 Aspects of LVT Affecting Government, Land Owners, Community and Ethics

                                          Four Aspects for Government:
                                          1. LVT, adds to the national income as do other taxation systems, but it replaces them.
                                          2. The cost of collecting the LVT is less than for all the production-related taxes--tax avoidance becomes impossible.
                                          3. Consumers will pay less for their purchases due to lower production costs (see below). This means greater satisfaction with the way the nation manages it affairs.
                                          4. The national economy stabilizes--no longer experiences the 18 year…

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