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Calling All 2018 Candidates: We Want Your Positions on Science and Technology

October 23,2017 12:12

Until we insist that candidates address science and technology policy when campaigning, we cannot expect them to do so once they're in office. We encourage you to reach out to candidates in your communities and encourage them to participate in Science ...


Science is inherently related to every significant challenge of the 21st century, yet in 2017, scientific experts have been increasingly ignored, dismissed and silenced by policymakers.
Today, Science Debate is calling for all House, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates running for office across parties to respond to 10 questions related to the greatest science policy challenges facing America. Topics cover a wide range of issues from scientific integrity in policymaking to health, cyber security medicine and the environment.
Since 2008, every major presidential candidate has answered a series of questions on science policy put forth by Science Debate and our broad coalition of partners (including Scientific American).
In his response to Science Debate last Fall, President Donald Trump pledged:
“My administration will ensure that there will be total transparency and accountability [regarding science] without political bias. The American people deserve this and I will make sure this is the culture of my administration.”
After many 2018 Congressional candidates inquired about participating in a similar Q&A, our team at Science Debate decided to open questions across levels of government. We believe that every incoming politician should be prepared to address issues crucial to voters, our children and the future of our planet.
On our website, you’ll find a map where you can select your state and read about the science policy positions of those running for office where you live as they come in.
Until we insist that candidates address science and technology policy when campaigning, we cannot expect them to do so once they’re in office. We encourage you to reach out to candidates in your communities and encourage them to participate in Science Debate’s 2018 Election Initiative!
Visit sciencedebate.org for more information about the 2018 election initiative as well as other ways to get involved in projects we’re working on. As a registered 501(c)(3), Science Debate is nonpartisan and all donations are tax-deductible.
The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Sheril Kirshenbaum
Sheril Kirshenbaum is executive director of Science Debate, a nonpartisan initiative to restore science to its rightful place in politics. She also hosts "Our Table" at Michigan State University, a series of round table discussions on where our food comes from and how it impacts our health and planet.

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