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 criteria do you, personally, use when deciding whether to accept or reject a new scientific finding?

    Many politicians decide for themselves whether to accept or reject scientific evidence. This is probably a good thing. When an overwhelming percentage of scientists say "Anthropogenic global climate change is real" - we know that some candidates reject that on the basis that not 100% of scientists say that this is true - even if around 99.9% of scientists agree on the matter. But then other politicians, at other times, will accept that a 20 week fetus feels pain during abortion on the basis of evidence from just a single set of measurements.

    In choosing which candidate to vote for,…

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        • What will you do to reduce the gap between accepted science and the actions of US citizens who deny it?

          For whatever reasons, many US citizens deny accepted knowledge. Experience shows that education is ineffective in reducing this disconnect. Indeed, some denyers go so far as to try to change public school book texts. A President can at least advocate for science, and can argue for policies that agree with known reality, while still supporting freedom of opinion, religion and discourse.

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          • 19 votes
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            • Do you believe that the phrase "under God" still belongs in the pledge of allegiance, because it offends many people who are atheists.

              Atheists believe that the concept of a "God" is based only on mythology and that there is no proof that will stand up to testing by the scientific method, but is based entirely on faith.

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              • The "justice" system is truly broken; how do you propose to address this?

                It seems that most people recognize that our justice system is rotten (this includes the state of jails, the pervasiveness of people with mental illness being jailed, etc.) Research needs to be done to find evidence-based solutions to these aggregate issues

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                • What are your research priorities?

                  What are your top 5 research priorities, or alternately the top 5 problems facing the US that you hope that the US scientific research establishment will help you solve?

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                  • Hold the damn debate whether candidates are willing to participate or not!

                    I would be willing to contribute to a fund to hold the debate, whether any candidates were willing to show, or not. I'd be very happy to see a row of empty lecterns - with candidate names prominently displayed. Or if you want to play rough - if they don't come, have someone reading appropriate quotes from them as responses to the questions. If they have come down firmly on both sides of the fence, then read *both* answers. I think that would be HUGELY informative for voters.

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                    • Do they understand how science works?

                      Politicians can't address any of these problems if they don't understand how it works or don't "believe in it".

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                      • Threats to science

                        What in your view is the greatest threat to science in the United States, and what do you propose to do about it?

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                        • Make War Non-Profitable

                          War should be non-profitable at the very least HUGE taxes should be put on all Corporations , Industries , Businesses and most of all BANKS , that are making profits off of War .

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                          • With the scientific knowledge and technology available today why are national/global concerns not being addressed in a more timely manner?

                            We currently have the knowledge and technology to address, at least in part, national and global issues including, but, not limited to: Climate change, drug resistance, food/water shortages, renewable/sustainable energy, improved infrastructure, renewable/sustainable resources, improved health across the board, and improved science education (without gender/socioeconomic or any other "class" gaps).
                            Why do you feel these issues, which if addressed could help with many concerns, including conflicts, are not being addressed?
                            Why are many of these issues being "railroaded" when they could be fixed in full or in part?
                            If the majority of the populace is correct in believing "big money"…

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                            • How would you address the growing need for rare earth metals?

                              Rare earth metals are a key economic and strategic resource used in the production of electronics. Demand for rare earth metals is rising beyond global supply, which is overwhelmingly dominated by mines in the People's Republic of China. What steps would you take to address the ever-rising need for this resource in the American public and private sectors?

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                              • What issue have you found recently during the campaign that you had to research?

                                No candidate can know everything. He or she must be willing to go back to the books to study an issue that has come up. What issue (and be specific) have you found recently during the campaign that you were insufficiently informed about so that you had to do research?

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                                • Will you close the $100 billion Grantors Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) tax loophole for billionaires?

                                  Will you close the $100 billion Grantors Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) tax loophole for billionaires?

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                                  • Will you agree to sit in an open tutoring session on Epigenomics Science at least once a week for 15 minutes during your presidency?

                                    You need to know this, and the citizens of the USA need this example from its leader. Charlemagne did something like this this to inspire his subjects.

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                                    • How can federally funded scientists help in preventing war?

                                      Federally funded scientists are involved in the creation of weapons and other supports for war, and others are involved in trying to fix the damage of war (infectious diseases, for example). How can federally funded scientists be better used and more involved in politics and in the actual prevention of war and determination not to go to war?

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                                      • Smart meters that utilities have installed on homes that replaced analog meters are making people ill, would you mandate their removal?

                                        The utilities are replacing analog meters with smart meters. Smart meters are making people ill. They emit microwave radiation that penetrates walls of homes and people. The World Health Organization has classified that these microwaves as a class two carcinogen.Go to The International EMF Scientific Appeal,Biointiative.org/findings in Autism,The Impact of Wireless Technology on Our Children,Ronald M Powell,PHD,The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, Andrew Goldsworthy March 2012, EMF Safety Network,Smart Meter Health Complaints,Westonprice.org, smart meters not so smart.naturalhealth.com,smart meters waves reported to have devastating impact on all life,Biological and Health Effects of Microwave Radio Transmissions EMFscientist.org. The meter my electric…

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                                        • When you realize that nothing else will save us, will you support direct democracy?

                                          The Congress of the United States is broken beyond repair and corrupt beyond redemption, and roadblocks any attempts to repair the climate, make the economy work for the vast majority of us, or make peace with the world. Science-illiterate mostly Republicans are either too lazy to learn the very simple physics behind the greenhouse effect (which we began to understand with Joseph Fourier clear back in 1824), or they understand it, but are so in love with the power, privelege, and money the fossils shower upon them that they are willing to risk the destruction of civilization, and possibly of…

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