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.

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. Please tell me how this is relevent to anything at all?

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PROTESTING NO ONE EVERY SAID THAT SCIENCE WASN'T REAL AND IM PRETTY SURE YOU'LL TAKE A CAR TO THE PROTEST SO STOP! THIS IS SO IRRELEVENT GO TO WORK OR DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN MARCHING, I"M SORRY THAT SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE HOPE IN LIFE AND BELIEVE IN RELIGION. PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THIS CHANGES ANYTHING YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS!

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      0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • What criminal penalties will you make happen towards animal poaching and atmosphere polution under your administration?

      Animal poaching, illegal fishing, declining biodiversity, melting ice caps, and carbon pollution are on a non stop rise. Who will stop this vicious cycle end with the new president?

      13 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Biodiversity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • How will you create a culture of scientific integrity within government?

        In 2009, President Obama pledged to create strong scientific integrity standards within government agencies that are charged with protecting our health, safety, and environment. While some progress has been made, there is a lot more that should be done to ensure that science fully informs policy making and scientists have the ability to speak freely about their research. As president, how will you continue to make progress and improve scientific integrity at the federal level?

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          100 comments  ·  Scientific Integrity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • If we stop burning fossil fuels today, we still have 400ppm & rising. How do you plan to mitigate the legacy carbon levels?

          One idea is soil carbon sequestration using regenerative agricultural practices. This will provide jobs, clean food, healthy soil and carbon sequestration - all in a cost-effective manner.

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • How would you ensure that independent science guides environmental and public health protections?

            Science-based regulations are vital to protecting the health and safety of Americans, especially black and Latino communities who face bigger environmental threats. How would you ensure that science continues to be the foundation of public health and environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, and that overburdened communities have a voice in how science is used in the policymaking process?

            254 votes
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              64 comments  ·  Public Health  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • What measures should be taken to solve the public health problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics

              Drug Companies are not developing new antibiotics because it isn't profitable for their business, yet bacterial resistance to antibiotics will create a public health disaster in the future. We need substation federal government funding for research and development of new antibiotics to combat infections and diseases cured by currently existing antibiotics! What would you do about this?

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Medicine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Climate Change--Nature or man made?

                Gore-Obama/UNO agree with the conclusion of 99% scientists that the rising temperature, melting ice, rising sea levels is due to man-made CO2 and putting 100% effort to reduce CO2--only 1-scientist disagrees and comes up with evidence to prove the cause is Nature--would you listen to that or go with the flow?

                9 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Climate Change  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • What are the steps that you are willing to take to improve the food security of the nation for generations to come?

                  I would like to find out whether they would support increasing the funding for ideas that promote food security. There are many ways albeit controversial such as Genetic Modification and creating seed/crop vaults to secure food during times of crisis (Example Svalsbard, Norway).

                  2 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Food & Ag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • US children rank poorly in science and math. How will they improve STEM education in the USA?

                    In the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) assessment of reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries, the U.S. ranked only 35th out of 64 countries in math and 27th in science. What plans do the candidates have to make US children more competitive?

                    8 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Science Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Can we use alternative food and fiber producing methods to create a worldwide peace process

                      Peace has always been found with a Breakthrough in expanding the Food and Fiber supply . The Green Revolution was a perfect example .
                      Today we are again faced with the phenomenon of population growth outpacing supply . Would you as President promote and create Long term funding priorities that would combine the fields of Alternative Energy and Food and Fiber producing abilities to alter the use of current raw materials that with our current methods of using these materials is exhausting our water and Mineral resources ?
                      Technology like www.verticalfarm.com and http://www.new-harvest.org/mark_post_cultured_beef has Huge water saving potential , so…

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                        0 comments  ·  Food & Ag  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • What will you do to reform FDA policy to speed cures for 30 million Americans who have incurable disease?

                        Secretary Clinton & Mr. Trump have both remained silent with regard to FDA reforms which nearly 400 members of the current Congress back in order to speed the necessary approvals of medical treatments that have been available in Europe, Canada and Japan for a decade or more. As President, what would you do to speed the approval of both the 21st Century Cures and Right to Try Initiatives that most Americans appear to agree with?

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                          0 comments  ·  Medicine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • What would you do to increase the number of scientists serving as Congressional & local representatives?

                          Our Congress has a dearth of science-minded representatives, but an abundant number of lawyers and business owners. Those working in scientific fields are often earning incomes that would not allow them the funds to mount a successful campaign for political office, but their voices, background, knowledge & science-based mindset are desperately needed in our representative governing body. How do you propose that we bring more science-based people into governing roles, particularly as Congressional & state representatives?

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Scientific Integrity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please tell me six science topics all elected officials should be familiar with and why you chose those six.

                            I'm tired of representatives not knowing what a theory is or radiometric dating or that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allows the earth to be warm enough to sustain life. I'm tired of them not understanding the importance of peer review and having a large sample size. And can any of them explain herd immunity?

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                              0 comments  ·  Science Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Are you aware of the numerous and deleterious impacts of animal agriculture on the global environment?

                              Various sources conclude that animal agriculture's impact on climate change is equal to or greater than that of fossil fuel supplies transportation but its negative effects include deforestation/desertification, eutrophication, and exacerbating the already serious threats to endangered species/extinction and loss of biodiversity?

                              5 votes
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                              • Colombian peace and posconflict

                                USA - Colombia International relationships are becoming increased. ¿What are the best course for it now with a new peace stabilization?

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                                • How will you support the moonshot to fight cancer?

                                  After all, cancer accounts for one in every four deaths in the world. It Cancer will claim not just some 600,000 Americans this year, but over eight million people around the globe. And lung cancer is by far the deadliest, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting roughly 1.6 million lives lost in 2012 - more than double the victims claimed by the number two killer, liver cancer. The 2016 initiative has made progress, but needs to continue.

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                                  • Will you support rapid international cooperation in space to develop lunar-solar power to bring cheap electricity to everyone on Earth?

                                    Dr. David Criswell's detailed PDF at
                                    http://www.searchanddiscovery.com/documents/2009/70070criswell/ndx_criswell.pdf
                                    describes in detail existing technology could end wars and pollution by bringing microwaved energy most-efficiently collected from solar panels built on the Moon from lunar materials, described in general at http://LunarSolarPower.org

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                                    • Climate change question for Mr. Trump

                                      Mr. Trump: you have called climate change a con job and a hoax. How do you reconcile this view with the fact that you are building a 2-mile long wall to protect your golf course from rising sea levels?

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                                      • Why has there been no full tranperancy about the technical details about GMO's? It appears to be information "classifed".

                                        There is a dire need to have full disclosure about GMO's impact on the environment and on public health. These corporate companies are making profits on something there is very little REAL scientific research on.

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                                        • What alternative research is on to compensate for the inability of science to unravel the deeper truths of life?

                                          the common Western belief is that science and spirituality are two totally different subjects. But the truth is science is spiritual and spirituality is scientific. Both are interrelated subjects. the difference lies in their approach towards world and life. Science is pure extroversion, whereas spiritual can be both extroverted and introverted. The spiritual pursuit that is commonly believed to be different from science in its approach is because of the emphasis on introverted self inquiry into the various personality layers of the human, both gross and subtler layers. Where science is without answers, spirituality gives new opportunities and clues to…

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