Obama Answers Science Debate 2008

Science Debate 2008 reports that Senator Barack Obama has answered their 14 questions, and they say Senator John McCain has promised to answer them.  Half a loaf is better than none, I suppose, but they didn’t call this thing Science Mail-In Questionnaire 2008.  With less than two months before the election a REAL SD2008 is looking exceedingly unlikely. 

(And can I be just a teensy bit cynical and say that I don’t think for a second that Obama actually sat down himself and answered this.  I have a mental image of him waving a binder of position papers at some aide and telling them to “Handle it.”)

Anyway, Obama’s answers are no great surprise.  He promises additional funding for everything; promises energy reform; confirms his belief in global warming as a result of human activity; believes “technology leadership is key to our security”; calls for a “comprehensive effort to tackle bio-terror”; supports expansion of funding for stem-cell research; calls for the re-establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Council to oversee and coordinate all space-related activities; and “provision of healthcare plans to all of our citizens”.  Best of all, he confirms a commitment to keeping politics out of scientific reports (“I will restore the basic principle that government decisions should be based on the best- available, scientifically-valid evidence and not on the ideological predispositions of agency officials or political appointees.”)

For our detailed analysis of Science Debate’s 14 Questions (including bonus libertarian rants), check out show #21 of the American Freethought Podcast.

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