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?

A top science question the candidates for president should answer is:

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  1. How do we ensure adequate clean fresh water for the US in years to come?

    Projections of availability of clean fresh water based on climate science are not optimistic for many parts of the world, including the western USA. Shortages of fresh water, required for life in the short term, are likely to fuel contention between nation states. While the USA is somewhat isolated from the worst of these effects, we will be inevitably become involved in regional struggles triggered by water shortages. How do we ensure adequate clean fresh water for the US in years to come?

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    • What steps, if any, should the federal government take to secure clean, abundant fresh water for all Americans?

      Less than one percent of the world’s water is liquid fresh water, and scientific studies suggest that a majority of U.S. and global fresh water is now at risk because of increasing consumption, evaporation and pollution. The California drought and concerns about fracking water use and wastewater treatment underscore the urgency of this issue. What steps, if any, should the federal government take to secure clean, abundant fresh water for all Americans?

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      • What can the government do to help with Flint Michigan, and to prevent similar problems?

        This was a failure of science, policy, political leadership, and infrastructure. What steps would you take to address it and to ensure similar problems don't happen elsewhere?

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        • How will your administration work to avoid interstate conflicts over water?

          Our antiquated systems of water rights often conflict with scientific reality. In some cases more water than actually exists has been allocated, and in other cases laws insist that groundwater and surface water are not interconnected parts of the water cycle. As water supplies become more scarce, the conflicts between the laws and scientific reality will cause conflicts between water users. How will your administration work to avoid these conflicts?

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            • What will you do to deal with the long lasting drought in the southwest?

              Build a multigrid water and green power system by transporting water from the flooded Midwest and trading green solar power from the arid southwest. This will be financed by the development of sustainable retirement villages along the grid route, just as Lincoln did in financing and building the continental rail line.

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              • Will you let people like T. Boone Pickens privatize the world's water supply even as they destroy it fracking?

                Will you really let people like T. Boone Pickens privatize the world's water supply even as they destroy it fracking for oil? Water is the next-to-last scrap of the commons left for the rich to steal from and sell back to the rest of us. All that's left is the air we breathe. Poison the atmosphere so they can sell us oxygen? Why do we let people like that run our lives?

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