Innovation, economic growth and climate change are just a few of the challenges and opportunities that face the U.S. They are also firmly linked to science. For example, research findings provide a basis for understanding how to respond to climate change, and technological progress fuels economic growth. Science is a vital to many government policies, and thus Scientific American has joined a swelling chorus of voices and partnered with ScienceDebate.org, a grassroots organization. We call for the two main presidential candidates—Pres. Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney to address science and technology policy during the 2012 campaign.
ScienceDebate.org sent 14 questions to the presidential candidates in late July and awaits their responses. In addition, we've posed eight of the 14 questions to influential members of Congress, chosen because they lead their parties or congressional committees in charge of science and technology-related policy.
The Scientific American editors will publish and grade the presidential candidates' responses in the magazine's November issue. Congress's replies will be available online, where readers are welcome to challenge our grade and offer their own thoughts.
For a detailed look at each of the questions, see our ongoing series listed below and weigh in with your comments. A new question will appear weekly on Fridays. The individual posts follow (list will be updated):
What Do Obama and Romney Know about Science? And Why It Matters By Christine Gorman, July 19, 2012
Advances in Science Drive Economic Growth By Christine Gorman, July 26, 2012
Senators Fiddle While Deep Ocean Temperatures Rise By Christine Gorman, August 3, 2012
Who Should Fund Scientific Research? How Much? By Christine Gorman, August 10, 2012
Will the Candidates Tell Us about Their Policies on Pandemics and Biosecurity? By Marissa Fessenden, August 17, 2012
Will the U.S. Remain a Leader in a Science- and Technology-Driven Economy? By Marissa Fessenden, August 24, 2012
Can the U.S. Achieve Energy Independence by 2020 By Christine Gorman, August 31, 2012
Food Safety: Romney and Obama Focus on Different Solutions By Christine Gorman, September 7, 2012
Voters Should Pay More Attention to Freshwater Issues By Christine Gorman, September 14, 2012