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?

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  1. Will you support science-based tobacco product regulation, and so stop FDA ban of e-cigarettes, a low-risk alternative that reduces smoking?

    E-cigarettes are a proven method for helping smokers quit. But the War on Tobacco means that activists will try to ban anything the can. In the case of e-cigarettes, proposed FDA regulations are a de facto ban, that will inevitably create a huge black market. This is being pursued even though the science shows these products pose minimal risk and eliminating them will cause more smoking. Will you force FDA to act according to the science instead of supporting the special interest activist agenda to ban these products?

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    • What will you do to combat the global tobacco epidemic?

      The World Health Organization has stated that "the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing around 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke." Unless strong countermeasures are taken, tobacco will cause an estimated 1 billion deaths this century. Most of these deaths will be in the developing world. In the United States, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death (CDC). This epidemic is…

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