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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A) Be sure to vote on existing questions.
B) Address your question to the candidates and ask about their policy positions. Don’t ask rhetorical questions. Ask your question in summary form (your “headline” question), then a new window will open up, where you should:
C) Provide more detail in a 2-part format:
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.

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE FROM 2012:
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. How would you address the world's aging nuclear arsenals?

    Nuclear arsenals remain a global problem. What would you do to reduce nuclear weapon stockpiles and take them off "hair-trigger" alert?

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    • What will you do to rid the world of nuclear weapons?

      The use of even a small number of nuclear weapons would produce unprecedented climate change, significantly lowering world food production. The U.S. and Russia can still produce a nuclear winter. Threatening the use of nuclear weapons is acting as a suicide bomber. Nuclear weapons cannot be used, but may be used by accident or mistake or in panic or by a hacker. The only safe number is zero.

      36 votes
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      • What would you do to assure the long-term safety and maintenance of the nation's ICBM and warhead inventory?

        An accidental nuclear holocaust would be the ultimate "bad" environmental impact caused by humans. The nation has thousands of aging ICMBs moldering in silos. Military funding has been continually cut for maintenance and readiness of this "fleet' of weapons as the Pentagon shifts funding to more limited-strike capabilities. Control systems for ICBMs were designed in the 60s and have not been upgraded much since. A major scandal occurred recently when rampant cheating was found to exist in maintenance tests taken by military staff assigned to these systems. In the last decade at least two major explosions in silos have occurred…

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        • Do you believe Nuclear Weapons Laboratories should be managed by "for profit" entities?

          The decision a few years ago to "privatize" nuclear weapons laboratories has clearly had negative effects on the entire National Laboratory concept!! How will you return the laboratories to their original status and capabilities. Do you understand that "money" is not an appropriate metric for the work they do?

          20 votes
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          • What actions are you prepared to take to prevent nuclear material getting into the hands of terrorists or rogue states?

            Nuclear material in the wrong hands could imperil us all, without any declaration of nuclear hostilities. It is important to safeguard nuclear materials and weapons in countries such as Pakistan and India. This requires collaboration with other states to ensure compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and other measures.

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            • What will be your stance on taking nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert to turn down the temperature and decrease the risk of accidents?

              The United States has hundreds of nuclear missiles on hair trigger alert. There have been many global near misses regarding nuclear accidents. What will be your stance on taking nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert to turn down the temperature and decrease the risk of accidents?

              14 votes
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              • One of the corner stones of America's position on nuclear weapons is to limit their spread world wide. Do you support this?

                One of the presidential candidates would like to see an increase in the number of nations with nuclear capabilities. Do you support this and why? Containing nuclear weapons has been a goal for decades.

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                • What are you going to do with the Missile Defense system?

                  The missile defense system (ground-based interceptor system), does not and will not work. (The science is clear, as concluded by the National Academy study). Meanwhile, its presence is very provocative because is endangers the balance of Mutually Assured Destruction. This is especially true of the battery of missiles in eastern Poland that provokes Russia.

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                    • How do you propose to increase communication among nations and their people given the technological advances; using the Cold War mentality?

                      My idea which has been sent to the Democratic leaders is to develop a universal communications network unlike United Nations as well as the Internet; with no pop up windows, and having access globally at whatever power position or disenfranchisement Society has helped place you in. There would be no binding agreements nor any profit made from ideas expressed on the "forum" and open communication between people of distance and difference seems to be a reasonable solution to some of the worlds greatest problems; instead of the Cold War, build the wall as high as possible , Antiquated and outdated…

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                      • How will you prevent this stupid event?

                        The global sum of weaponry is sufficient, on release, to render the world unlivable. How will you prevent this stupid event?

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                        • If you want to give nuclear weapons to other countries, what if Russia gives nukes to Cuba and China gives nukes to Mexico?

                          Donald Trump's plan is to share nuclear weapons to other countries, so what is to keep Russia and China from doing the same? Anyone remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?

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