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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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. How would you reduce our pollution from fossil fuel combustion and encourage more American jobs in energy efficiency?

    How would you reduce our pollution from fossil fuel combustion and encourage more American jobs in energy efficiency, employing solar, wind and geothermal electricity sources to better adapt to the many prolonged risks posed to vulnerable populations by abrupt climate change?

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    • Will you support substantial funding for high capacity energy storage and enhanced long distance electrical grids?

      It is critical that the world switch as quickly as possible from fossil-fuel based electricity generation to a variety of renewable systems, principally wind and solar thermal and solar photovoltaics. However both sources of renewable energy are variable in time and space. Fortunately, wind and solar are getting less expensive as fossil-fuel-based electrical sources are costing more, but the transition from fossil fuels to renewables is not going fast enough.
      Question: Will you support substantial funding to greatly improve electrical storage systems and an advanced, long distance electrical grid enabling transport over large distance to send available renewable energy to…

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      • 122 votes
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        • How will you ensure the United States takes the lead in developing space solar?

          The United States has the opportunity to take the lead in a truly transformational technology: space solar, in which sunlight is collected in space and sent wirelessly to wherever it is needed on earth. Whichever nation masters this technology will become the power utility for the world. Currently, China and Japan are ahead of the U.S. in developing this technology. How will you ensure the United States takes the lead?

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          • Will you support subsidies for clean energy development and eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel companies?

            Fossil fuels are disproportionately (many would say unnecessarily) subsidized by the government. This needs to end. What would you do to end fossil fuel subsidies and encourage providing subsidies for clean energy development?

            40 votes
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            • What would you as US president do to harden the American electrical grid against severe EMP events?

              What would you as US president do to harden the US electrical grid against severe EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) events such as from severe solar flares or coronal mass ejections such as happened in 2012 but missed us or from nuclear attacks above the surface. This could cost about 2 billion dollars and could prevent over a trillion dollars of damage and many deaths and injuries of Americans and perhaps Canadians or others if the grid is down for months. The science and military communities have agreement that this is a real problem and could readily be fixed but this has…

              31 votes
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              • Will you lead America's prompt transition to clean Renewable Energy?

                Given that Climate Change is real and the number one challenge confronting America, and that its principal driver is fossil fuel use that generates carbon dioxide, will you as President make your number one priority a rapid transition to non-polluting renewables? If so, what is your plan for funding this transition?

                27 votes
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                • What are you going to do to promote widespread use of electric cars and solar and wind power?

                  We need to quickly make the move to electric cars and use solar and wind power to provide the electric power. What is each candidate going to do to promote these cleaner renewable technologies?

                  25 votes
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                  • 24 votes
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                    • How will you support advanced renewable fuel technology and continue to decrease American dependence on petroleum?

                      The Federal Renewable Fuel Standard was created to decrease American dependence on petroleum and move on from conventional biofuels like corn ethanol toward advanced biofuels from waste and agricultural residues, but oil lobbying and low fuel prices have weakened progress and hundreds of projects that could be creating new green jobs are struggling to secure financing and get off the ground. How will you help the transportation sector decarbonize and achieve a level playing field for advanced biofuels?

                      24 votes
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                      • Will you work to end financial incentives for big oil and create incentives for sustainable energy?

                        Will you, and how will you end financial incentives to oil, coal & natural gas corporations, (in all forms including tax breaks, free access to public lands, exclusions from EPA regulations, etc) and create incentives for clean, sustainable energy (including research, development, manufacturing, application and job training)? It's time to walk the walk!

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                        • What will you do in order to push for a bipartisan policy towards eliminating fossil fuels and adopting renewable energy sources?

                          It is the consensus among almost all scientists that climate change is real and is a byproduct of humans burning fossil fuels at record rates. Strong efforts must be made by members of both political parties to convince constituents that funding green energy and eliminating fossil fuel plants is absolutely imperative. This must be done before another devastating climatic event creates even more climate refugees and pushes us past the point of no return. How will you, as president of the United states, lead us toward this goal instead of taking a backseat while irreversible damage is done?

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                          • Will you pledge to wean us from carbon-based energy sources to prevent catastrophic climate change?

                            As Naomi Klein's important book shows, "win-win" proposals and "part-way solutions" are really just impediments to doing what is critically needed. We must wean ourselves from carbon-based energy without delay; full reliance on renewables is easily achievable -- if we put in the necessary resources.

                            19 votes
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                            • Would you consider creating a scientific task force to develop a better battery

                              During the 1940's president Harry S. Truman declared an emergency and made it possible to create the Manhattan project whose goal was to create a nuclear weapon before the Germans would. While weapons is not the issue of this question, the idea to bring renowned scientists together to solve a problem is unique and effective. At present, one of the stumbling blocks in increasing the efficiency of renewable energy is the storage capacity of present batteries. That is, we need a better battery; thus would you consider creating a Manhattan like project whose main goal is to solve the energy…

                              18 votes
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                              • If you could design an energy system for the US, what fraction would you put in 1)coal, 2)oil&gas, 3)nuclear, 4)wind, 5)solar, 6)hydro?

                                Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of the major options for energy production, and their costs (including environmental costs) and benefits.

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                                • How do you plan to make changes in energy sources viable options for your average company?

                                  In order for new energy sources to be viable options for companies (small, private, etc.), they need to be able to afford using them or given incentives to change. For the benefit of our environment and our children, viable alternative energy sources need to be integrated into our businesses and infrastructure. What are the ideas candidates have for integrating clean energy, etc, into our society in the next 4-8 years?

                                  13 votes
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                                  • What do you think of a "moon shot" to bioengineer microbes to produce cheap, abundant hydrogen fuel?

                                    Burning hydrogen produces water and doesn't contribute to global warming. If it could be produced cheaply, market forces alone could quickly have hydrogen replacing fossil fuels to reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change.

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                                    • How can we Split the DoE into Two Agencies? One for Clean Energy and the other for Fossil Fuels & Nuclear?

                                      In order to provide better funding for Clean Energy and better policy making by Congress, it may be important to split the DoE in two. How would you split it 60/40, 70/30? The present DoE consumes too many resources that could otherwise be spent on cleaner energy. After 30 years we still have no sound energy policy. DoE has failed.

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                                        • As President what will you do to prevent societal collapse due to energy famine and climate change?

                                          The Developing Economies' push to escape poverty and raise their countries' Human Development Index to acceptable levels virtually guarantees the exhaustion of the World's fossil fuels by 2100: that would be a disaster. If not prevented by immediate transition towards clean non-polluting energy, dangerous Climate Change will occur. Either energy exhaustion or serious Climate Change could easily produce societal collapse and doom our descendants to disease, famine, and war. The little children of 2100 deserve better from their forbears. As President what will you do to prevent societal collapse due to energy famine and climate change?

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