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. What are your ideas about creating a Sustainable Global Economy?

    Given that economic health is measured by growth rate, and given that indefinite growth of physical/economic entities is ruled out by the fact that the Earth is finite, how would you lead the planet away from growth-oriented economies to a sustainable global economy?

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    • What policies will best ensure that America remains a world leader in innovation?

      Science and technology have been responsible for over half of the growth of the U.S. economy since WWII, when the federal government first prioritized peacetime science mobilization. But several recent reports question America’s continued leadership in these vital areas. What policies will best ensure that America remains a world leader in innovation?

      49 votes
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      • What would you do to help realize the 14 "Grand Challenges for Engineering" identified by a blue-ribbon National Academies panel?

        Technological advancements in the last century have dramatically improved quality of life. The National Academy of Engineering posed specific goals for continuing that progress (eg. access to clean water, personalized learning, engineer better medicines) while addressing related consequences (eg. cybersecurity, climate change, managing the nitrogen cycle), saying some of those ideals may be necessary for our planet's very survival. As President, how would you act upon this call for action from leaders in the science and engineering community?

        26 votes
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        • How will you decide between science and the economy?

          How will you and your administration react when science fact negatively impacts the economy either generally or for certain groups within the economy? Examples: climate change, pollution, endangered species, environment issues, energy sources.

          18 votes
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          • How would you convince corporations to share the profits from increasing worker productivity?

            As of 1970 "Conservative Principles" control costs by keeping wages flat which keeps consumer demand flat and GDP flat. How would you convince corporations to share the profits from increasing worker productivity with the workers that produced the goods and services instead of keeping 85% profits for stock buy backs, Wall Street Speculation, and Executive salaries over $16 million a year?

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            • What will you do to support our leadership in science and its intelligent use?

              Science drives progress, improves our lives, and provides solutions to societal problems. Diminishing understanding of science and support for scientific research are hurting this process. What will you do to support our leadership in science and its intelligent use?

              17 votes
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              • Why isn't the USA the sustainable energy capital of the world?

                Think through how this would affect Issi and the middle east. Not to mention the positive effect on every category of problem facing us today.

                Would you call for a JFK MOON SHOT to accomplish that within ten years?

                16 votes
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                • How can you use Science to create a job sector that stops then reverses pollution of air and water, and export the technology to the world?

                  Pollution has destroyed the oceans and land. Humans dump garbage into the air and water without recycling 100%. The government can create regulation to push the economy to create a job sector of living wages in clean energy, CO2 reduction and removal, trash recycling, and organic farming through tax and tariff incentives. But our congress has lacked the will to direct the free market into progressive jobs areas for good stewardship of the environment. The government could guide society to make money cleaning up our mess on the planet so we would have clean water and air and food in…

                  14 votes
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                  • What do you see as social and natural scientific research priorities for the next four years and how should the nation work to fund them?

                    If we want to maintain leadership or gain ascendancy in global politics and world markets, we need to have clear scientific goals with adequate support to achieve them. The only way to maintain an American workforce in research and development is to show that our nation values this work and encourages citizens of all ages, genders, and ethnicities to pursue it. As both role model and Commander in Chief, your acknowledgement of the critical role of science in domestic and global economies makes a huge difference to our nation's security and continued well-being.

                    13 votes
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                    • Would you create a national internet utility that has broadband and other features other countries already have that are better than ours?

                      What acts or laws would you support to get the USA on par with for example Korea or Europe in this regard?

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                      • 12 votes
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                        • How would you upgrade building and appliance standards nationally?

                          Past presidents have concentrated on supply side; how would you improve demand side energy use? Eg supply side states blocking improvement that helps demand side states re doe/epa

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                          • What will you do to help high tech startups succeed?

                            It has been demonstrated that the successful introduction of new technology can fuel the economy for decades. It has also been demonstrated that the vast majority of new startup companies fail. They fail to make it through the "valley of death" that is defined by an increased need for capital and not yet having reached a market ready (or competitive) product. We stand on the brink of a potential golden era of technology and are held to a crawl due to our unforgiving competitive (often predatory) free market capitalist economic model. We have agencies which fund research and development, but…

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                            • Would you support some level of conversion from capitalism to a shared resource based economy?

                              Earth's resources are finite, we are just a small part of them, NO ONE "OWNS" them, and you can't take them with you when you die! They were here before and will be here after us. With all we have learned about the world we share through science, one can easily see that capitalism's need for permanent growth is not sustainable. What are your ideas to convert our economy from profit driven to resource based and how will you start to make these changes immediately if elected?

                              11 votes
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                              • Project for the national labs and academia.

                                Why not have the national labs, in cooperation with academia, write a "standard" computer code for the prediction of the econonic projections, short term stock market directions based on certain input parameters. Perhaps like the old weather codes it would only be valid for a few days, but it could always be improved with faster and larger memory machines. The scientists cracked the atom, sent men to the moon, led the radio, TV and computer generations in innovation. None of these were simple problems. They certainly would be the ones to have a go at a large encompassing economic code.

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                                • What efforts will you make to strengthen American industry in the international market against rising competition?

                                  U.S. government research and development (R&D) as a percentage of our Gross Domestic Product has fallen by 60 percent since 1964. By contrast, China’s R&D investment is the fastest growing of all spacefaring nations as they seek to overtake U.S. space superiority and partner with traditional allies.

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                                  • Can growth continue on a finite planet? When is enough enough?

                                    Laws of thermodynamics impose inviolable limits on human activity, yet we continue to talk about growth, even when "planetary boundaries" are being exceeded (Rockstom, et al., Bardi, Wackernagel & Rees, etc.). Won't continuing growth that uses up the planet end in collapse?

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                                    • The Boom/Bust Business Cycle

                                      How does the policy of the candidate's political party, propose to stabilize our economy and stop the "business cycles" from recurring? Past performance has caused this to happen every 18 years, so the next crisis is looming for 2025 and we need it to be halted in time!

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                                      • What will be the budget ratio for R&D (excluding Defence R&D) compared to that of Defence during your Presidential term? A percentage is OK!

                                        What will be the budget ratio for R&D (excluding Defence R&D) compared to that of Defence during your Presidential term? A percentage is OK!

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                                        • Land Value Taxation (LVT)

                                          When will the Georgist proposal for Land Value Taxation be taken seriously? Details follow:

                                          17 Aspects of LVT Affecting Government, Land Owners, Community and Ethics

                                          Four Aspects for Government:
                                          1. LVT, adds to the national income as do other taxation systems, but it replaces them.
                                          2. The cost of collecting the LVT is less than for all the production-related taxes--tax avoidance becomes impossible.
                                          3. Consumers will pay less for their purchases due to lower production costs (see below). This means greater satisfaction with the way the nation manages it affairs.
                                          4. The national economy stabilizes--no longer experiences the 18 year…

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