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. How would you address the misinformation that is spread through mainstream media with the intention of deliberately deceiving the public?

    Many of us are aware of examples where scientific data is abbreviated or fake controversies are created by the media. Given that there is such an urgency in regards to climate chaos and that this underlies issues related to clean air, clean water, potential food shortages, migration from coastal areas, etc., what steps will you take to insure that all Americans are equally informed? Our democracy depends on it!

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    • Will you ask the FCC to restore the Fairness Doctrine, requiring broadcast journalists to cover controversial issues fairly using evidence?

      Journalists frequently say "there is no such thing as objectivity." This causes a problem of false balance in their coverage of science issues, which they often present as one of many views or opinions, instead of as knowledge based on evidence. Will you ask the FCC to restore the Fairness Doctrine, requiring broadcast journalists to cover controversial issues in a fair way as determined by the preponderance of the evidence?

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      • Will you initiate efforts to limit antiscience disinformation campaigns designed to short-circuit the democratic process?

        Corporations seeking to stop regulations based on science that impact their business models have developed public relations strategies to manipulate the media and public perception of the science in order to forestall policy action. One example is energy companies and climate change. Another is tobacco companies and cancer. There are others. These efforts reach past free speech into fraudulently misrepresenting and distorting evidence and attacking scientists. In your view, what limits should be placed on corporate science disinformation campaigns to short-circuit the democratic process for private gain at the expense of public health or the common good?

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        • What steps will you take to improve the ratio of facts to lies in the media?

          Our FCC seems to be very concerned about certain words and nudity but not facts. There is no restitution or penalty, only reward for blatant lies, half truths, omissions and more in the media. These lies cause massive damage and the media makes massive profits from them.

          The media has the legal ability to lie and is not responsible for the damage caused by these lies.

          What are you going to do to fix this dire issue with our media.

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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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            • Media coverage

              Would you encourage media "news" outlets to do away with the false balance when it relates to climate change (or many other issues for that matter)?

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