ScienceDebate.org is an organization that, for years now, has been pushing to get the candidates running for President of the United States to engage in a debate over science policy, just as they debate foreign policy, or economic policy, etc.
And, ScienceDebate.org has had some success. Some of the candidates, at the primary level, have engaged in such a debate, and at the national level, some of the candidates have contributed written answers to citizen-generated questions about science policy.
And now, they’ve done it again.
The four main candidates (two actual main candidates and two “third party” candidates) were provided with several science policy related questions. Three of the candidates have provided answers.
The entire project is to be found HERE. There are 20 questions.
I’m still going through them. If you have comments on any, please post them, I’d love to hear what you think.
Personally, I think Trump’s answer on climate change was probably written by Bjorn Lomborg. Or, cribbed form something he wrote.
(I suppose someone should be running these answers through a plagiarism checker???)
Gary Johnson apparently has nothing to say about science policy. That makes sense. He’s a Libertarian, and Libertarians don’t believe in science policy.
Jill Stein gave an interesting answer on Vaccines.
Trump wants to stop the inflow of opioids into the United States. He may not have understood the question.
The word “wall” does not appear among the answers, though Immigration is asked about.
Interesting answers on space as well.
And, if you’ve not seen this, enjoy: