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?

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  1. What value do you place on poor people in other countries vs. people in the developed world?

    I've suggested to people interested in preventing worse effects from climate change-- 'What if we just don't meet the demand for energy consumption?' What if we just supply energy only through non-fossil fuel combustion, right at this moment?

    We're at about 1 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels at the moment. Since CO2 stays in the atmosphere for about 100 years, this means that we've basically locked in 2 degrees Celsius during that time frame, barring any technological fixes that we haven't yet figured out how to implement. Even 2 degrees Celsius will make the Middle East North Africa region uninhabitable,…

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      0 comments  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Do you understand that a carbon tax will hurt the wrong people?

      Taxing carbon means taxing fuels. The fossil fuel companies will not pay that tax; they will pass it on to consumers. Some end users will find an incentive in that to use mass transit, replace their car or furnace with more efficient models, insulate their homes. Many, many more, the poor, working poor, and working class--the majority of the population, in this rigged economy--cannot afford these upgrades, yet are forced to drive to work, to heat their homes on a cold winter night. A carbon tax will take food off the tables of such people, suck up money they need…

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        0 comments  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • We continue to experience the loss of wetlands in the country when we have a no net loss policy. What will you do to protect our wetlands?

        Wetlands are valuable to protect our water quality, they filter our water, the protect against floods, sea level rise, and provide valuable habitat for education and recreation. We are seeing continued wetland loss when we have a national policy of no net loss in wetlands. We need to ensure that all our states are doing the max to ensure that our wetlands are healthy and providing the valuable services to our well being.

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          0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Will you end taxpayer subsidies for fossils, devote that money to sustainable energy technology research?

          Will you end taxpayer subsidies for the fossil fuel dinosaurs now, and devote that money to sustainable energy technology research and energy efficiency? We need to bring the fuels of the future online now, before we cook the planet putting the last dregs of fossil carbon back into the atmosphere.

          Nature spent 250 million years extracting the excess carbon from the atmosphere and burying it, and cooling the planet enough that the climate is right for humans instead of giant amphibians and four-foot dragonflies, and plants we can’t eat. We’re trying to undo that in 250 years. We should have…

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            0 comments  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Will you pick and choose the best-for-the-future and nearest-ready alternate energy technologies, and bring them on-line now, instead of con

            For example: I am an old hydrogen believer, but in recent years I have had that faith crushed by reality. The clean way to make hydrogen is by running electricity through water. But there is a minimum 20% energy penalty with electrolysis—you’d need five power plants to produce the same passenger miles as four plants will now with today’s electric cars. If we learn to bioengineer algae to turn water into hydrogen and oxygen, great. Just be sure it cannot survive in the wild, if you don’t want to risk turning the atmosphere into a fireball. Hydrogen is notoriously difficult…

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              0 comments  ·  Renewable Energy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Will you seek justice for the fossil fuel companies lying about climate change for the last 30+ years?

              Will you prosecute Rex W. Tillerson, the rest of the board of directors, and all those at Exxon-Mobil and all other fossil fuel companies who put their own greed above the very survival not only of civilization, not only of the entire human race, but of half the biosphere? And will you prosecute the “merchants of doubt” who long ago sold their souls to the tobacco companies, trying to convince people that smoking isn’t harmful and so delaying congressional action, and causing many thousands/millions more deaths?

              Those same professional liars are now paid handsomely by the oil/coal/gas companies to spread…

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                0 comments  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • How will you permanently alter the Fossil Fuel Corporate Agenda, so it actually benefits the American People? see agenda below

                Fossil Fuel Corporate Agenda:

                Never pay a cent of Taxes on profits and bonuses until physically forced to, hide as much as possible.

                Always mention the “We have such a small profit margin” idea.

                Never Ever mention the subsidies government gives us.

                Spin Doctor through lobbying, all Government Restrictions/Regulations to facilitate extraction of every dollar of fossil fuel possible from “Public Land” until it’s gone.

                Externalize the Maximum Possible for all Environmental costs to Government/Tax payers. We really need to get closer to 100% here!

                Convince the minions we are wonderful people and everything we do is solely for their…

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                    0 comments  ·  Renewable Energy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  Space  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Will you try to lead the world away from Portland Cement, to lower-carbon alternatives?

                      Portland Cement contributes about 6% of the world’s annual CO2 production. “OPC” inevitably shrinks and cracks and lets in water that rusts its rebar, which expands and breaks it apart. Structures built with it are basically designed to fail in 40 to 100 years.

                      The Roman aqueducts are still standing after 2000 years because they used a better cement, and one that puts a lot less carbon into the atmosphere. There are cements (Geo Blue II) that claim to be three or four times stronger, produce 1/10 the carbon, 1/10 the production-plant cost, less expensive to make—and they claim that…

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                        0 comments  ·  Infrastructure  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Would you consider assembling a scientific National Board of Experts whose sole role is to educate the public on scientific issues?

                        This non-political group would provide unbiased descriptions and explanations of scientific and technical issues through lectures, town halls and interviews using layman's terms. Their role would be as educators to the general public on complicated and controversial scientific topics, insuring that the public is broadly informed.

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                          • Fake science? How can we tell?

                            What plans do you have for safeguarding the American public from bogus "scientific" reports that are paid for by large corporations and designed to look like they are unbiased and legitimate scientific research or government publications?

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                              0 comments  ·  Journalism & Media  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Species Conservation

                              What is the Politically Correct number of species you will allow Asia especially China, to eat into extinction and collect into extinction before you actually attempt to stop them?

                              The point being how little straight facts effect political policy when it’s not P.C. to talk about.

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                              • Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The Christian God is a being of terrific character: cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust".

                                Do you agree with president Jefferson and what would you do to minimize the powers that religious fanatics in government?

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                                • Impositional religiousity is a serious problem in this country. What are you going to do to minimize it?

                                  Too many religions are interfering with the way we the people can interact with one another in our daily lives and with our first amendment rights. What can you do about it?

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                                  • CO2 is merely the blasting cap.

                                    The main climate-change explosive charge is Arctic methane; we've already initiated a "burp," and if we've crossed that "tipping point" where its release is self-amplifying, it is already too late for us to save ourselves. Do you understand the urgency to do something about climate change NOW, 35 years ago when James Hansen began raising the alarm, 118 years ago when Svante Arhennius showed us the math?--or will your presidency waste another 8 years when we have no more time to waste?

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                                    • When you realize that nothing else will save us, will you support direct democracy?

                                      The Congress of the United States is broken beyond repair and corrupt beyond redemption, and roadblocks any attempts to repair the climate, make the economy work for the vast majority of us, or make peace with the world. Science-illiterate mostly Republicans are either too lazy to learn the very simple physics behind the greenhouse effect (which we began to understand with Joseph Fourier clear back in 1824), or they understand it, but are so in love with the power, privelege, and money the fossils shower upon them that they are willing to risk the destruction of civilization, and possibly of…

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                                      • Do you think scientific literacy is a problem in the United States?

                                        For a country still "debating" topics like vaccines, whether or not creation is an alternative "theory" to our understanding of evolution, and most importantly climate change, the issue of scientific literacy poses a serious problem. How can we move forward as a society and address major issues if we aren't willing to discuss evidence and facts? Many Americans don't even understand the overall scientific process, which does not cling to ideas because of tradition, but constantly looks for better ways to support or reject ideas based on new evidence. Basic scientific literacy would help all adults perform in their jobs…

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                                        • Will you let people like T. Boone Pickens privatize the world's water supply even as they destroy it fracking?

                                          Will you really let people like T. Boone Pickens privatize the world's water supply even as they destroy it fracking for oil? Water is the next-to-last scrap of the commons left for the rich to steal from and sell back to the rest of us. All that's left is the air we breathe. Poison the atmosphere so they can sell us oxygen? Why do we let people like that run our lives?

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