Among the science community, it is a widely held belief that the current administration has systematically undermined their own scientists in various departments over the last 8 years. This blog isn’t about that behavior per se, but I mention it because that disregard for scientific data and opinions is one reason that the following organization was formed late last year. Science Debate 2008 was formed by concerned citizens who felt that the political candidates were not addressing important science and technology issues in their campaigns.
Since live debates typically focus on a wide variety of issues, they provided the campaigns with a list of fourteen science-related questions and asked each to answer them.
The complete list with the answers can be found here: Science Debate 2008 Q&A
I suggest that anyone interested in climate change, education, technical innovation, energy, or science and technology in general read the responses from the candidates.
Here are a few observations and notes:
– Each campaign had plenty of time to carefully craft their answers so it’s unclear just how well educated either candidate is with regards to these issues.
– The Obama camp answered 1st which meant that McCain had the advantage of knowing his answers.
– These, like any campaign promises, are just that: promises
– Although there are some differences, there are many similarities, especially when compared to the statements and actions of the current administration.