The editors of Nature conclude an editorial in the most recent issue with these words:
Free science resources for a decision-making public
Science influences many aspects of our lives, and a sound understanding of today's science issues is crucial for shaping good national policies. We want you to be well-informed about the science behind many issues that have a significant impact on our future.
Several leading U.S. science and engineering organizations came up with the most important science policy questions facing the United States in 2012. In all, 14 questions were posed to the Presidential candidates, and their answers were posted side-by-side at ScienceDebate.org. How would you respond to these same questions?
Click on one of the reading lists below. There, you'll find the Science Debate question, a link to the candidates' answers, and a hand-picked set of National Academies reports on the topic. All our resources are available to download for free and to purchase in print from NAP.edu.
Over the past four years, Obama has demonstrated strong support for science and innovation, as well as policies that flow from research. Romney has not offered many details of his plans for science, but those he has released -- and the recent record of his party -- do not bode well for US science or its international partners.Whether you support President Obama or Governor Romney, if you are a U.S. citizen, I hope you are registered to vote, that you take your responsibilities as a citizen seriously, and that you vote on November 6.2 Choices matter, and your vote will help determine the choice - not only for President of the United States, but for senators, congressmen, and local official.
1I discuss it briefly here in an earlier blog post.
2Or earlier, if you are in a jurisdiction that allows for early voting.