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 is industrial capitalist civilization's need for permanent growth on a finite planet -- now powered by fossil fuels -- sustainable?

    The resources derived from the natural world are the basis of human-constructed economies. Modern economic systems based upon unsustainable consumption and growth cannot continue indefinitely. It isn't a matter of questions like jobs vs. environment: Destroying the carrying capacity of the planet wrecks the economy anyway. Can you call a spade a spade and honestly reflect upon/change our ecocidal way of life?

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    • What will you do to reduce the dead zones in the oceans, rivers, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes caused by pesticide/fertilizer runoff?

      We're getting red tides, brown tides, and fish kills all over the place because of toxic plankton blooms nurtured by fertilizer/pesticide runoff that robs the water of oxygen. The Green Revolution is coming back to bite us.

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      • 60 votes
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        • 38 votes
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          • How do you plan to stop the destruction occurring in our environment?

            If elected, how do you plan to stop the destruction occurring in our environment and what are your plans, if any, to repair the damage already done?

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            • What do you plan to do to protect our environment for future generations?

              What are your policies you plan to employ to protect the environment so future generations may enjoy the planet earth for as long as possible and allow us to be a more habitable planet so other species will want to interact with humanity as a species?

              35 votes
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              • Do you believe that the earth is in environmental crisis?

                With air pollution such as the smog in China's cities and rising CO2 in the atmosphere, water pollution now seriously affecting the oceans and the degradation of fresh water supplies and the increasing speed of climate change will you make the environment a priority in your administration? What is your plan for the first hundred days?

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                • 30 votes
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                  • What are the three most significant environmental problems facing the United States, and what would you do to address each of them?

                    Get each candidate to state what the biggest problems are (without giving them a specific problem - an easy way out) and ask them to go on record as stating their solutions.

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                    • 28 votes
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                      • Will you increase punishments/fines for leaks and spills of oil from pipelines and shipping?

                        There is always a chance of an oil leak or spill when transporting oil trough pipelines or oversea. Would you increase penalties for the companies when spills or leaks happen? If so, what measures would you consider taking?

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                        • Will you ban neonicitioids and glyphosates that kill our pollinators like bees?

                          Chemicals need tighter regulations and serious independent long term study before being approved. I believe that chemical companies, like Monsanto which could be considered a monopoloy are too big and need to be broken up.

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                          • Why is clean air, water, power, etc. not worth investing in?

                            Clean air, water, and power would save American taxpayers a lot of money due to decreased health costs and cheaper energy (not to mention no need to import oil from OPEC nations), with a comparatively small cost upfront. The actions of the U.S. government show that this is not a priority. Why? this makes a lot of sense to both environmentally and economically.

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                            • Would you consider the environmental consequences and concomitant human toll when making decisions about going to war?

                              I have a saying, “What would happen if war required an EIR?” War is a highly destructive activity that kills and maims people and destroys the environment. The damage to environments and human health, including physical destruction, toxic waste, global warming, and so forth, caused by war and the war machine is flabbergasting.

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                              • Will you work to prevent fracking?

                                It has clearly been shown to cause earthquakes, and to poison aquifers. If you support this activity, please explain why.

                                24 votes
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                                • 21 votes
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                                  • What is your integrated plan to progressively address ecological issues

                                    We need a plan to address conservation, species preservation, habitats, energy, pollution, local environments and global climate. An integrated program to address all these.

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                                    • What steps and how much money will you invest on fixing our physical environment and improving the health of our cities? And citizens?

                                      Require the federal and state governments to fund research and implement a full range of polices and projects that begin to implement a net zero approach for our food production, all building/development, energy production and distribution to the amount of money spent on all public employees salaries or the defense dept. whichever is greater.

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                                        • What will you do about China's pollution?

                                          With all of China's industries, there is a lot of pollution. With the amount of pollution they make, it pollutes the air and water all around the world. What steps would you take to demand higher environmental standards from China?

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