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Updated: Science Answers from the Presidential Candidates

By September 4, 2012

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Update: Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have now provided their answers to the Sciencedebate.org questionnaire. See them here. They didn't choose to answer my question (see below).

Here's what I posted on 20 July:

As it has in previous presidential campaigns, ScienceDebate.org has sent a set of science-related questions to the candidates. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been asked to respond to the questionnaire in approximately one month.

ScienceDebate head Shawn Lawrence Otto said, "Candidates debate the economy even though they are not economists, foreign policy even though they're not diplomats or generals, and faith and values even though they are not priests or pastors. They should also be debating the big science questions that have equal or greater impact on voters' lives."

The 14 questions touch on technology innovation, disease control, natural resources, space exploration, climate change, research funding and other important topics. Geoscience is a key element in several of them. But naturally there should be more geology-related questions. What would you suggest for the 15th question? Here's mine: "Please name one item in your primary home that does NOT rely on mining."

Here's how ScienceDebate's campaign turned out in 2008.


September 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(1) mining engineer says:

“Please name one item in your primary home that does NOT rely on mining.”
Indeed! Stag horn plows don’t cut like steel.

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