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Marc Kuchner | Nature | Dec 26, 2012 The Top Six Science Marketing Hits of 2012#4 Science Debate 2012

Le Scienze | Nov 16, 2012 Science Debate ItalyIVF, OGM, energy policy, homeland security and more. A group of journalists, bloggers, researchers and citizens are calling for candidates in the primaries to declare their firm position on six central questions of politics and science

Kenneth Change | New York Times | Nov 13, 2012 Scientists Hope Obama Continues Support for Basic ResearchDavid Baltimore, a biology professor and former president of the California Institute of Technology — and another Nobel laureate who signed the Obama endorsement — said he hoped that the president in his second term would “have the political space to take on climate change.”

David Brin | Tomorrow Happens | Nov 09, 2012 Post-Election Roundup: The Road AheadScience, the central enemy of Culture War, stood up for itself in several ways during the election.

Laura Helmuth | Slate | Nov 08, 2012 How Did Science, Medicine, and the Environment Do in the Elections?Your House of Representatives now has twice as many physicists.

David Malakoff | Science | Nov 07, 2012 U.S. House Science Committee Set For Big TurnoverTen current members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology have been defeated in this year's elections or are retiring.

Peter Aldhous | New Scientist | Nov 07, 2012 Science may benefit from election despite fiscal cliffAs the dust settles on bitterly contested US elections, can the nation's political leaders now move past the gridlock that has plagued the government since the Congressional elections of 2010?

Alden Meyer | Union of Concerned Scientists | Nov 07, 2012 It’s Obama—Now What?Now comes the hard part: how to move forward in a polarized political environment where the two major parties don’t agree on the overall role of government, on most policies, and all too often, not even on the facts.

The Editors | Popular Science | Nov 07, 2012 Dear President Obama: Congratulations! But We Need To Talk.An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future

Peter Aldhous | New Scientist | Nov 07, 2012 How Obama can seal his climate change legacyUS VOTERS have delivered their verdict, handing Barack Obama four more years as president. But how will history judge his performance on climate change – which barely got a look-in during the campaign, but may later come to be seen as the defining issue of our era?

Chris Mooney | | Nov 05, 2012 In Which I Actually Get a Democrat and Republican to Debate Climate ChangeThere are only so many things you can do, prior to an election, to make a difference. My cardinal contribution, I think, was captured right here.

Brett Walton | ThinkProgress | Nov 05, 2012 Election Guide: Obama And Romney Say Little About Water Issues, But Important Decisions Await VotersThe two candidates responded to questions about water, food, energy, climate change, and 10 other science-based categories posed by the nonprofit organization

Karen Kaplan | Los Angeles Times | Nov 05, 2012 Political scienceWith the economy struggling and tensions flaring in the Middle East, discussion of science policy has taken a back seat in the presidential campaign. But a group of voters concerned about the state of American science has solicited the opinions of both candidates on a variety of issues related to research, technology, energy and the environment.

Razi Safi | Washington University Political Review | Nov 04, 2012 The Science DebateBoth President Obama and Governor Romney answered questions provided by The debate provided a platform for both campaigns to raise arguments related to science that are rarely hit on in campaigns. Again, we fact check the candidates’ promises.

Vikram Singh | Golden Gate Xpress | Nov 04, 2012 Why we need a televised science debateHurricane Sandy reminds us that global warming is not a topic to be swept under the rug. A televised science debate would force national discourse on topics like climate change and clean energy.

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Nov 03, 2012 WATCH: In Sandy's Wake, an Election Debate About Science and ClimateClimate Desk Live and present the seemingly impossible: A Democrat and Republican having an actual conversation about climate.

Meredith Salisbury | Techonomy | Nov 02, 2012 Where Obama and Romney Stand on Life SciencesWhere do the candidates stand on another matter critical to innovation in our country and the future of healthcare: life sciences?

Matthew Herper | Forbes | Nov 02, 2012 Why Presidents Don't Shape The FDAAn illustration that when it comes to reshaping federal agencies, Presidents are not as powerful as you might think.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Nov 02, 2012 Election: Romney and Obama Tied on VaccinesScientific American's analysis of the vaccine answers by Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama appear below.

National Public Radio | Nov 01, 2012 Double Take 'Toons: Franken - Sense?Sandy has revived the debate over climate change, which President Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in at Science Debate 2012. While Jeff Parker sees a clear link between the superstorm and a changing world, Paul Zanetti sees environmental opportunism.

Alan Boyle | NBCNews | Nov 01, 2012 Climate issue heats up after SandyClimate change has been virtually a non-issue during the presidential campaign — but it's primed to take a higher profile.

Brett Walton | Circle of Blue | Oct 31, 2012 2012 Election Guide: Obama and Romney Say Little About Water, But Important Policy Decisions Await Certain VotersNext week, on the first Tuesday in November, American voters will not only choose their representatives. In many states and cities, those casting ballots will also make decisions about water supply.

Dan Merica | CNN | Oct 30, 2012 Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issuesThe last time both candidates mentioned climate change in any substantive manner was in written statements to a science organization in September. In interviews posted on, President Barack Obama called climate change "one of the biggest issues of this generation" and Republican challenger Mitt Romney said, "my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer" and "that many human activity contributes to that warming."

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Oct 30, 2012 NASA Warned New York About Hurricane Danger Six Years AgoScientists told us a storm like Sandy would be catastrophic. When will we listen?

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Oct 29, 2012 Did Climate Change Supersize Hurricane Sandy?Scientists weigh the evidence

Christine McEntee | National Journal | Oct 29, 2012 Further Delay Jeopardizes Our FutureWhen the candidates for President of the United States leave a crucial issue like climate change out of their campaigns and debates they show a critical disregard for the importance this issue will have in shaping our nation’s future and influencing our economic health and national security. Christine McEntee is Executive Director and CEO, American Geophysical Union.

Gerry Rising | The Buffalo News | Oct 28, 2012 Nature Watch: Scientific innovation is vital to our nation’s futureI urge you to read and consider the debate responses as you determine your vote next week, because science is important to this nation’s future.

Tim McDonnell | ClimateDesk Live | Oct 27, 2012 The Debate We Should Have Had: Science, Climate and the Next Four YearsFeaturing Obama campaign surrogate Kevin Knobloch and former Republican congressman and Delaware governor Mike Castle

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Oct 27, 2012 Election: China Plays Big Role in Rare Earths, TooMany of the themes that kept cropping up in this year’s live debates–China, the economy and regulation–can also be found in the next-to-last of the 14 ScienceDebate questions, on the rare earth elements that are needed for laptops, cell phones and other advanced electronics.

National Academies Press | Oct 25, 2012 Your Guide to the 2012 Science Debates14 questions were posed to the Presidential candidates, and their answers were posted side-by-side at 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.

Michael Noble | Fresh Energy | Oct 25, 2012 The inconvenient truth: Why no one’s talking about global warmingIf you care about global warming, you may have noticed the presidential candidates’ pronounced silence on the issue.

David Malakoff | Science Insider | Oct 24, 2012 What They Think: Congressional Leaders Weigh-In on ScienceAmerican students are spending too much time watching television and not enough time studying, and the United States has too little to show for the billions of federal dollars spent on climate research and science education. Those are just a few of the comments from nine senior members of Congress who responded to questions about science

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 24, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Climate ChangeFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at the ScienceDebate question on Climate Change.

The Editors | Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog | Oct 24, 2012 Climate change a non-issue in US presidential election?The coming US presidential election without a doubt has implications for economic and environmental policy throughout the world, especially regarding the numerous hazards and risks induced by climate change. Yet the term ‘climate change’ itself appears absent from both candidates’ vocabularies as it has not been mentioned in the presidential debates nor very much in their campaigns. Why is this?

Curtis Brainard | Columbia Journalism Review | Oct 24, 2012 Ask Obama and Romney this: What about climate change?Schieffer misses media's last chance to pop the question on a big stage

Brian Merchant | Treehugger | Oct 24, 2012 Let's Try to Make Sense of DC's Deafening Climate Silence (Videos)After a year of record heat and drought, nobody is going to discuss climate change. So, at this point, it's worth sussing out why.

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Oct 23, 2012 Why No One Said the C-Word in the DebatesFour debates—and no mentions of climate change. The silence speaks volumes about the sad state of our national discourse about the science-based issues that really matter.

Jennifer Martinez | The Hill | Oct 22, 2012 Obama makes unexpected push for improved math and science education during final debatePresident Obama brought up the importance of improving math and science education in the U.S. multiple times during Monday's final presidential debate, arguing that it would boost job growth and keep America competitive globally.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 22, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Pandemics and BiosecurityFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at this ScienceDebate question on Pandemics and Biosecurity

The Editors | AIBS Public Policy Report | Oct 22, 2012 Plan to Vote This NovemberAIBS was part of a project to develop the Top American Science Questions

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 19, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Critical Natural ResourcesFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at this ScienceDebate question on Critical Natural Resources.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | | Oct 19, 2012 Rob McKenna AWOL on science and technology in Washington StateGOP gubernatorial candidate declines to answer a subset of six of the Top American Science Questions

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 17, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Vaccination and Public HealthFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at this ScienceDebate question on Vaccination and Public Health.

The Editors | Scientific American | Oct 16, 2012 Science in an Election YearScientific American rates the presidential candidates' answers to the Top American Science Questions

Marissa Fessenden | Scientific American | Oct 16, 2012 Does Congress Get a Passing Grade on Science?Scientific American and asked leaders of a dozen House and Senate committees for written answers to eight policy questions related to science and technology

Shawn Lawrence Otto | | Oct 16, 2012 Congressional Answers to the Top American Science and Scientific American asked 33 leaders of science-oriented congressional committees to answer a subset of the Top American Science Questions. Here are their responses.

Matthew Chapman | Huffington Post | Oct 16, 2012 Town Hall Audience, Don't Blow This Amazing Opportunity by Asking the Same Boring Questions!The audience at the presidential town hall meeting at Hofstra University tonight has an incredible opportunity to ask important questions that have not been asked or answered, ones that will, more than any other set of questions, determine the future.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Scientific American | Oct 16, 2012 Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. DemocracyThe United States faced down authoritarian governments on the left and right. Now it may be facing an even greater challenge from within.

Anna Kuchment | Scientific American | Oct 16, 2012 Romney Would Not Fund New Science and Math StandardsAn education advisor to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said last night that a Romney administration would not use federal funds to encourage states to adopt higher standards in math and science.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 15, 2012 Science Debate 2012: The InternetTomorrow night's Presidential debate will focus on both domestic and foreign policy. One topic that falls into both categories? The Internet. If the candidates are asked about their stance on net neutrality, online privacy, or cybersecurity, you can get a preview of their response at We've got the details--and a few relevant ebooks--at Notes from NAP:

David Malakoff | Science | Oct 14, 2012 In a Torrent of Campaign Rhetoric, Hints of Science PolicyThe candidates have answered 14 questions posed by a coalition of pro-science organizations, including AAAS, which publishes Science ( Taken together, the election-season outpouring reveals some striking differences between the two candidates, as well as how their parties have shifted since 2008.

Dennis Meredith | Research Explainer | Oct 14, 2012 Presidential Politics Neglecting Science: Seeing a Silver LiningThe candidates only rarely cover such critical issues as global warming and biomedical research funding, aside from the highly commendable effort by Science Debate 2012 to elicit answers from the candidates to key science-related questions (must reading for any voter).

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Oct 12, 2012 Space Out: NASA Faces More Budget Cuts in 2013Both Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama appear to consider the U.S. space program a prime target for cuts.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 12, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Research and the FutureThe leading U.S. science and engineering organizations developed a list of 14 science policy questions facing the U.S. in 2012. You can read these questions–and the Presidential candidates’ answers–at

W. Mark Dendy | Examiner | Oct 10, 2012 Presidential candidates positions very different on climate change issueScience affects our lives daily. Most of us do not realize it but we actually use the scientific method to make it through each day.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 10, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Ocean HealthScientists estimate that 75 percent of the world’s fisheries are in serious decline, habitats like coral reefs are threatened, and large areas of ocean and coastlines are polluted.

Chris Mooney | Mother Jones | Oct 10, 2012 Is Climate Change the Sleeper Issue of 2012?Surprising new polling data shows swing voters are going green.

Hassan DuRant, Katie Sanders, Ravi Chittilla Nicky Vaught, Emory Cabaniss | Technician | Oct 10, 2012 Presidential Science Debate 2012Though it wasn’t as heavily publicized as the official presidential debates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took the time to answer questions about their stance on certain scientific issues in early September.

Karen Kaplan | LA Times | Oct 09, 2012 Obama and Romney answer questions about science policyThe presidential candidates answer questions from on technology, climate change and other science policy issues.

James Pinkerton | Medical Progress Today | Oct 09, 2012 Bending the Curve Through Cures: Dr. Kenneth L. Davis and the Further Turning of the Wheel of Healthcare PolicyAs an indicator of views toward FDA streamlining, we might consider a recent side-by-side summation of the science policies of the two presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The Editors | eSchool News | Oct 09, 2012 Obama, Romney answer questions about science compiled a list of 14 questions for President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 09, 2012 Science Debate 2012: EnergyMany policymakers and scientists say energy security and sustainability are major problems facing the United States this century. What policies would you support to meet the demand for energy while ensuring an economically and environmentally sustainable future?

A. Maureen Rouhi | Chemical & Engineering News | Oct 08, 2012 Serious About Elections’Tis the season of presidential debates, and as usual, questions about science-based issues that profoundly affect national policy are unlikely to be part of the discussion. Fortunately, several sources of information about the positions of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on such matters are available.

Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | Arizona Daily Sun | Oct 08, 2012 EarthTalk: Presidential candidates' environmental records mixedRomney is now pitching an energy plan that that embraces all the options, including fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewables. But he recently told that he opposes any kind of carbon tax or cap-and-trade system.

Susan R. Morrissey | Chemical & Engineering News | Oct 08, 2012 Science In The ElectionAlthough a subset of C&EN’s questions overlap with this group’s questions, Science Debate 2012 provides additional insight into the candidates’ standing on science issues.

Steven Salzberg | Forbes | Oct 08, 2012 Obama and Romney Talk Science: What Did They Say About Evolution and Global Warming? recently posed 14 questions to President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and just a few days ago, the candidates answered all 14. Can we learn what they actually think about science from these answers? Well, maybe just a little bit.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Oct 05, 2012 Obama and Romney Should Talk about Climate Change at Next DebateFor a few minutes at the beginning of the October 3 debate in Denver, I was heartened when Obama used the terms “math,” “data” and “science” and Romney talked about “evidence.”

Matthew Chapman | Huffington Post | Oct 03, 2012 Not the Most Important Presidential Debate!Tonight President Obama and Mitt Romney will NOT be having "The Most Important Debate" of this election. The most important debate hasn't been scheduled yet.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 03, 2012 Science Debate 2012: EducationFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers.

Steve Caplan | The Guardian | Oct 02, 2012 Will Barack Obama or Mitt Romney be better for US science?US politics and science make strange bedfellows. Little has been said about science policy in the course of the US election campaigns, but I'll put my mouth where the money is

The Scientist Staff | The Scientist | Oct 02, 2012 Obama’s Science Report CardIn a political climate that seems to value differences more than common ground, and approaching an election in which pundits and the dueling campaigns of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have highlighted their dissimilarities, perhaps no distinction has repercussions more far-reaching than that between the candidates’ stands on science policy.

Lawrence M. Krauss | New York Times | Oct 01, 2012 With Limited Budgets, Pursuing Science SmartlyWhile both emphasized the importance of space exploration, with Mr. Obama briefly mentioning the need for monitoring the Earth, neither candidate, and neither party, has addressed the scientific question of why we want to bother with exploring space.

David Kramer | Physics Today | Oct 01, 2012 Obama, Romney agree on support for basic research, but little elseThe GOP challenger would halt federal funding for technology commercialization. Both candidates have given short shrift to climate change.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Oct 01, 2012 Science Debate 2012: SpaceThe United States is currently in a major discussion over our national goals in space. What should America’s space exploration and utilization goals be in the 21st century and what steps should the government take to help achieve them?

Kevin Aylward | Wizbang | Sep 28, 2012 Obama’s Strategy On Critical Natural Resources? More Solyndra’s!With Obama’s EPA actively working to pre-emptively shut down new mining projects and close existing coal plants do you really think there’s any chance that he’ll be trying to ensure our independence by harnessing our REE resources?

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Sep 28, 2012 How Would Fish Vote in the 2012 Election?This week’s look at the ScienceDebate answers provided by Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama focuses on their replies to a question about the health of our oceans and coastlines.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Sep 28, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Fresh WaterLess than one percent of the world’s water is liquid fresh water, and scientific studies suggest that a majority of U.S. and global fresh water is now at risk because of increasing consumption, evaporation and pollution.

Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | ThinkProgress | Sep 28, 2012 Obama Versus Romney: Everything You Need To Know About Where The Candidates Stand On Energy PolicyThere are stark differences between the two presidential candidates that must be discussed on October 3 so Americans have a clear view of the energy path each candidate would lead us down.

Jillian Correira | The Daily Collegian | Sep 28, 2012 Mitt Romney and the rising seasRomney, on the other hand, stated that while he’s “not a scientist”, he does believe that the earth is getting warmer, and that human activity contributes to that warming. This comes off as odd, being that just last year he denied climate change, saying “we don’t know what’s causing it.”

Francesca Rheannon | CSRWire | Sep 27, 2012 The Political Choice on EnergyAs the election season heats up, the candidates clarify their positions on climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and clean energy.

Shawn Otto | | Sep 27, 2012 ScienceDebate announces congressional, gubernatorial initiativesScienceDebate has invited about three dozens members of congress to respond, and has been working with the Northwest Science Writers Association to invite Gubernatorial candidates to respond.

Conor O'Carroll | The Irish Times | Sep 27, 2012 Candidates’ differences revealed on spendingBoth candidates agreed to respond to 14 questions on science, ranging from innovation and the economy to vaccination and public health. This initiative came from scientists and citizens.

Sara Gates | Huffington Post | Sep 27, 2012 Obama, Romney On Climate Change: How The 2012 Presidential Candidates' Stances Compare To Their Alma MatersBarack Obama and Mitt Romney have taken very different stances on the global issue, with the latter sparking outrage among climate activists for his statements of indifference.

Heather Goldstone | WGBH | Sep 26, 2012 30 Issues: What You Need to Know About ... Climate Change71 percent of Massachusetts Democrats are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening. In contrast, the majority (57%) of Republicans in the Commonwealth do not believe climate change is happening or caused by humans.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Sep 26, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Innovation and the EconomyFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers.

Julie Urban | National Academies Press | Sep 25, 2012 Science Debate 2012: Science in Public PolicyFor each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at the ScienceDebate question on Science and Public Policy.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Sep 25, 2012 Romney Says No to “Net Neutrality”One of the clearest differences between Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on the 14 top science questions facing the US has to do with the Internet.

Abigail Schindler | FOSEP | Sep 24, 2012 Should the WA State gubernatorial candidates discuss science policy prior to the election?The following poll (very short) is to gauge the level of support among WA residents for a gubernatorial discussion pertaining to science policy issues affecting the State and the Nation.

The Editors | The Campus | Sep 21, 2012 Presidential race leaves science in the shadowsRomney seems to believe that if we build a strong, innovative economy as a whole, scientific progress will be the logical and necessary result.

Matthew Stepp and Clifton Yin | Innovation Files | Sep 20, 2012 Devil is in the Details: Comparing the Candidates’ Energy Innovation PoliciesIn a recent side-by-side comparison of science policy issues on, Governor Romney defines his approach in a way that aligns with the IPCC definition of "no regrets."

The Editors | On The Issues | Sep 19, 2012 Mitt Romney on Health CareMitt Romney's positions on healthcare, pandemics, vaccinations, and more.

The Editors | On The Issues | Sep 19, 2012 Mitt Romney on Energy & OilWhat the presidential nominee says about energy and oil

Michael Moyer | Scientific American | Sep 18, 2012 Romney Cites Energy Report That Advocates Carbon PriceI was curious about this Harvard study. How would a President Romney focus energy research funding if not on clean energy?

Society of Environmental Journalists | Sep 18, 2012 Obama, Romney Duel Over Climate Change in Online DebatePresidential candidates Obama and Romney may never square off in person on TV over scientific issues like climate. But through "Science Debate 2012," they are addressing them in writing online. Is that good enough?

Erika Bolstad | McClatchy Newspapers | Sep 18, 2012 As climate change crisis looms, presidential campaigns stay quiet"(Romney) acknowledged that science has shown there is a human role in global warming,” said DiPeso, who represents a national grassroots organization of conservation-minded Republicans who would like to see a fiscally conservative approach to capping carbon emissions.

Kayla Byler | The Lantern | Ohio State University | Sep 18, 2012 Ohio State ‘probably the most relevant university’ in electionObama called climate change “one of the biggest issues of this generation,” as part of an online debate on Romney said, “we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.” In an earlier speech at the Republican National Convention, Romney dismissed global warming.

Sonja Meyer Duntley | Syracuse Post-Standard | Sep 17, 2012 Obama, Romney answer top 14 questions about scienceHow the two candidates feel about a variety of science issues could affect things such as policies on global warming, energy and research funding.

Andrew Zimmerman Jones | | Sep 16, 2012 Science Issues in the 2012 U.S. Presidential CampaignScientific American will evaluate the scientific validity of their responses in the November issue of the magazine (which is slated to come out in mid-October).

Francesca Rheannon | CSRwire | Sep 14, 2012 Democrats and Republicans: A Terrifying Choice on Energy [and Sustainability]?When it comes to energy policy, there are some areas of overlap in the two parties’ positions, but the fundamental differences couldn’t be starker. And the implications for the clean energy sector and the sustainability community are make or break.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Sep 14, 2012 Voters Should Pay More Attention to Fresh Water IssuesAs you go through the answers below, you’ll see why a live debate on science issues–in which followup questions can be asked–makes a lot of sense. (Are you listening, Governor Romney and President Obama?)

James Plafke | Geekosystem | Sep 14, 2012 Editors’ Picks 9/14: Dipping Communities in ScienceYou deserve better. You deserve a science debate, and if you head over to, you can demand one.

Ezell, Atkinson, et al | Information Technology and Innovation Foundation | Sep 14, 2012 Comparing the 2012 Presidential Candidates’ Technology and Innovation PoliciesThis report putting the spotlight on the candidates’ technology and innovation policies with the aim of amplifying the national dialogue around bolstering innovation-based economic growth.

Joshua Keating | Foreign Policy Magazine | Sep 13, 2012 Romney's climate change answer: All of the aboveIn response to a question on the climate a science questionnaire from Nature this week, also filled out by Obama, Romney seems to be trying to have it both ways.

Bud Ward | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media | Sep 13, 2012 Obama, Romney Address Nonprofit Group’s Science QuestionsPerhaps the biggest “news” from the candidates’ clearly self-serving statements is Romney's again returning to an earlier position in which he accepts that “the world is getting warmer” in part because of human activities.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Huffington Post | Sep 12, 2012 Key Congressmembers on Science Committees Refuse To Answer Science QuestionsIf the candidates for president will discuss the nation's top science issues, why won't the key members of Congress who lead the committees that deal with science policy?

The Editors | Denver University News | Sep 12, 2012 Shawn Otto to speak at DU's presidential debate seriesOtto will speak about "science and antiscience in the US elections."

Alex Philippidis | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | Sep 11, 2012 Candidates’ Science Answers Raise More Questions"It's like a couple in a bad marriage," Otto said. "If you don't sit down and talk about what's not working, there's no hope for making it better."

Jenny Marder | PBS NewsHour | Sep 11, 2012 Candidates Get Schooled on Science, Await Grades"It's like a couple in a bad marriage," Otto said. "If you don't sit down and talk about what's not working, there's no hope for making it better."

Daily Circuit | Minnesota Public Radio | Sep 11, 2012 Obama and Romney answer top science questionsHow do President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stack up on the top science issues?

Jim in IA | Daily Kos | Sep 11, 2012 Science Debate 2012Barack Obama was the first president to go into office with a fully formed science policy. It helped form his agenda for science.

The Editors | Biophysicalsociety | Sep 11, 2012 Where’s the (Science-Related) Beef?Hoping to spark candidate discussion and debate about the most important science policy questions,, supported by Scientific American and more than a dozen scientific societies, crowd-sourced the most important science-related questions for politicians.

Joe O'Sullivan | Pacific Northwest Inlander | Sep 11, 2012 Scorched Earth: How climate change could upend the Inland NorthwestWill our current political climate stymie efforts to address global warming? If so, can the Inland Northwest create change through its own policies?

Paul Adair | GermantownNOW | Sep 11, 2012 Science Policy and the CandidatesMost articles covering this on-line science debate discuss the difference between Obama and Romney on climate change, so I won't dwell on that here.

The AAAS Policy Alert Team | AAAS | Sep 10, 2012 Presidential candidates respond to science debate questionsThe Obama Administration focused their responses on what they have accomplished and what they will continue to support, e.g., reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on oil. The Romney campaign focused on its vision for the proper role of government and did reveal a shift in their view of climate change.

The Editors | AIBS Public Policy Report | Sep 10, 2012 Presidential Candidates Answer Top Science Policy QuestionsDespite the importance of science in national policy, it is a topic that is rarely addressed by political candidates.

Ailanthus-altissima | Persephone Magazine | Sep 10, 2012 Why I’m Giving Obama and Romney a B in ScienceIf I were assigning grades, I would put both Obama's and Romney's answers in the B/B+ range. Obama is succinct but tepid. Romney's are more detailed, but if the bells and whistles were stripped away, what's left?

Ailanthus-altissima | Persephone Magazine | Sep 10, 2012 Climate Change Politics and Science PolicyI assume that if you’re reading this post that you care about science and the use of science to inform policy decisions. Getting acquainted with how the two candidates view scientific issues and the role of scientific knowledge in shaping this country’s future is crucial for making an informed vote this November.

Paul Douglas | Huffington Post | Sep 10, 2012 Republican Meteorologist to Mitt Romney: My Top Ten Reasons for Republicans to Accept Reality on the ClimateRomney later adjusted his position on climate change. "My best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming," he said last week in an online debate with president Obama at

Jack Hassard | National Education Policy Center | Sep 10, 2012 Presidential Candidates Reply to Science Debate QuestionsThe education question revealed that both parties think that education is in deep trouble, and that if America is to survive, education should be in the service of corporate interests by providing workers for 21st century jobs who will contribute to the economy.

David Wogan | Scientific American | Sep 10, 2012 Mitt Romney gets climate change – wait, just kidding!When I read through Mitt Romney’s responses to's top 14 science and technology questions last week, I really wanted to see Mitt Romney make some sense on climate change.

Jim Cooper and and Alan I. Leshner | Washington Post | Sep 10, 2012 It’s time to get serious about scienceWe need to get serious about science. In fact, maybe it’s time for researchers to fight back, to return a comeback for every punch line.

Russell McLendon | Huffington Post | Sep 09, 2012 Presidential Candidates' Science Debate: Obama, Romney Answer Scientists' QuestionsAccording to Shawn Otto of, the group that compiled the questions, neither candidate's answers include enough specific ideas.

James West and Tim McDonnell | Grist | Sep 09, 2012 Baby steps: Why Obama’s nod to climate change could pay offGovernor Romney, who during his primary race made strides to distance himself from climate science, is now wrestling with different ways of articulating his message to different audiences. When answering a question about climate change in a debate with President Obama published online by, he gave his most comprehensive answer to date.

Jenny Wilson | Smart Planet | Sep 09, 2012 Science of the times: candidates answer top tech questionsThe purpose of the debate was to draw attention to the fact that science is “increasingly important topic in national policymaking,” and hold candidates accountable to issues of science in the same way they’re held accountable for the economy or foreign policy.

Kennedy Maize | Power Magazine | Sep 09, 2012 Energy Politics of Republicrats and queried the candidates and elicited some commentary and Columbia Journalism Review’s science journalism column “The Observatory” has a good discussion.

Steven Darling | Law & Science Blog | Sep 09, 2012 The Political Gymnastics of the Science DebateWith narratives about job-creation hogging the airwaves in battleground states, I find it amazing that this is the first I’ve heard, in a political setting, about science being the backbone of our economy.

David Brin | Contrary Brin | Sep 08, 2012 The Case for a Scientific Nation: Part OneThis issue still distills a crucial difference, one the should decide any reasoning U.S. citizen during Phase Three of the American Civil War.

Mark Clayton | Christian Science Monitor | Sep 07, 2012 Climate change: why it could be a hot topic on the campaign trailRomney and Obama squared off in an on-line matchup on climate change on the Science Debate website on Tuesday. So now it seems, climate change may well be headed back onto the menu for political debate this fall.

News Editor | Environment News Service | Sep 07, 2012 Obama, Romney Present Stark Choice on Environment, Energy“Governor Romney also recognized reality this week," Krupp said. “He told the independent web site that he has concluded ‘that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences.”

Adam Keiper & Brendan Foht | National Review | Sep 07, 2012 Romney and Obama Debate Science PolicyWith these responses to the Science Debate questions, the Obama and Romney campaigns have shown that science policy is not simply a politically and ideologically neutral exercise; both candidates have articulated policies for science that reflect their broader visions for America.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Sep 07, 2012 Food Safety: Romney and Obama Focus on Different SolutionsI thought I’d look at some of the specifics in their answers to the next question in our weekly list–number 7, on agriculture and food safety.

Megan Scudellari | BioTechniques | Sep 07, 2012 Obama and Romney Debate Science... Sort ofSome responses provided a rare insight into issues that are not normally discussed during political campaigns—such as biosecurity, ocean health, and food supply—yet many answers were not complete or dodged entirely, says Shawn Otto, organizer of the debate.

David H. Guston | IEEE Specturm | Sep 07, 2012 Obama and Romney Lay Out Science and Technology PositionsFrankly, they do make worthwhile reading for those in the field as well as for journalists and any remaining undecided voters for whom science, technology and the environment are salient issues.

Jim Kuhnhenn and Ken Thomas | Associated Press | Sep 07, 2012 Little heard about TARP, stimulusIn written answers to questions posed by the scientific website and posted this week, Obama sidestepped cap-and-trade while emphasizing his administration's effort to limit car pollution and advance clean energy initiatives.

Judith Curry | Climate Etc | Sep 07, 2012 Climate change and U.S. presidential politicsSo . . . what do the U.S. presidential candidates have to say about climate change? Until very recently, pretty much nothing.

Bill Chameides | Huffington Post | Sep 07, 2012 Not a Hoax: Climate Change Shows Up in a Presidential Acceptance SpeechPresident Obama has described climate change as "one of the biggest issues of this generation." I don't know about you, but I find it a little hard to understand how such a "big" issue received such short shrift in both Tampa and Charlotte over the last two weeks. Enter

Fred Krupp | Environmental Defense Action Fund | Sep 07, 2012 Statement of EDAF Executive Director Fred Kruppon comments about climate change by the presidential candidates

Laura Helmuth | PBS | Sep 07, 2012 Obama, Romney send in answers to ‘Science Debate’President Obama has assembled the most scientifically accomplished administration since the time of the founding fathers.

Eric Berger | Houston Chronicle | Sep 07, 2012 The official Romney and Obama science discussion threadWhat does seem clear is that Romney would take very little action on climate change during his Presidency, especially if he’s considering skeptics such as Joe Barton for the position of secretary of energy, or the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.

David Bollero | Diario Público | Sep 07, 2012 Climate change vanishes from U.S. presidential raceThe Democratic and Republican campaigns tiptoe in the fight against global warming

Hank Campbell | Science 2.0 | Sep 07, 2012 Do Democrats Really Care About Science?Sometimes you put things in the platform of a political party because it's a lot of drama to exclude them even if you don't really believe.

Paul Fidalgo | Patheos | Sep 07, 2012 The Presidential Candidates Respond to Science Questions, Weirdly Appear to Take Them SeriouslyThough you won’t see the two major party nominees donning lab coats behind their podiums and hurling beakers at each other, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participated in a “debate” on science-related issues.

AP | CBS Charlotte | Sep 07, 2012 Obama Sidesteps Cap-And-Trade, Bank Bailout During DNC SpeechThey are the missing pages of a convention story line, ideas and initiatives once prominently featured in President Barack Obama’s agenda.

John Horgan | Scientific American | Sep 07, 2012 My Two &*%$#!!! Questions for Romney and ObamaPresidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama recently answered 14 science-related questions put to them by Scientific American and This exchange left me wanting more. If I had the candidates locked in a room with me, I’d ask them two questions:

Tina Casey | Clean Technica | Sep 07, 2012 Mitt Romney’s 17th Century Position on Global WarmingWhile Romney starts out with an unqualified assertion about global warming, in the very next sentence he undercuts his own words.

Dan Moutal | Planet3.0 | Sep 06, 2012 A line by line response to Mitt Romney’s climate response to Science Debate 2012No-regrets polices make perfect sense, and no one really opposes them (well almost no one). But will they be able to lower emissions enough?

Lisa Beth Johnson | Comedy Central | Sep 06, 2012 Mitt Romney Gets Some Much Needed Extra Credit in sent both Romney and President Obama a pop quiz earlier this summer asking them to answer the top 14 scientific questions facing our nation. Now that their answers are in, it looks like only one of them really went for the extra credit…

Jim Kuhnhenn and Ken Thomas | Associated Press | Sep 06, 2012 Not heard or seen in Charlotte: TARP, stimulus, cap and tradeThe cap-and-trade plan that Obama failed to push through Congress is absent from the discussion. In written answers to questions posed by the scientific website and posted this week, Obama sidestepped cap-and-trade while emphasizing his administration's effort to limit car pollution and advance clean energy initiatives.

Susan Phillips | NPR: StateImpact | Sep 06, 2012 Obama v. Romney on ScienceTo quench your thirst for a sci­en­tific debate, has put together a series of ques­tions on sci­en­tific top­ics for the two can­di­dates, and pub­lished their answers.

Ralph Maughan | The Wildlife News | Sep 06, 2012 Precident-setting and unexpected, Obama and Romney answer science questions asked by Sciencedebate.orgBack in 2008 there was mounting concern that science had always been left out of the presidential debates. This concern led to efforts to demand presidential candidates discuss these issues.

Charles Digges | Bellona | Sep 06, 2012 Data show Obama should flex – and augment – his environmental bona fides in tonight’s DNC acceptance speechNow the President Barack Obama has officially been nominated by the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, he must in his acceptance speech this evening, end his silence on the issue of climate change to maintain a large core group of his voters.

Tim Profeta | National Geographic | Sep 06, 2012 Presidential Candidates, Studies Dissect Climate ChangeAs campaigning for the November presidential election moves forward, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney spelled out their interpretations on one issue in a bit more detail than usual - climate change.

Laura Helmuth | Mother Jones | Sep 06, 2012 How Romney Schooled Obama on Science PolicyIn a written quiz on the most important science policy issues facing the country, the Romney campaign provides a surprising amount of thought and effort.

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Boing Boing | Sep 06, 2012 Why Barack Obama lost Science Debate 2012Romney has a lot of bad ideas for science policy, but he (or whoever wrote his answers) put a lot more care and effort into Science Debate than Obama did.

Ben Somberg | Center for Progressive Reform | Sep 06, 2012 Romney Falsely Claims Health Benefits of Utility MACT Are Due to Bankrupting Coal Companies -- Not Pollution Reduction EquipmentMitt Romney added a new twist Tuesday to false right-wing claims about the EPA’s regulation limiting mercury and other pollutants from coal power plants.

Erin Hong | Deseret News | Sep 06, 2012 Obama, Romney spar over climate, other science issues in online debateOur take: Have presidential candidates responses to American's top science questions changed over the years?

Joanna M. Foster | Take Part | Sep 06, 2012 Obama and Romney's Climate Change Views In Their Own WordsWhen it comes to complex science issues, it sometimes seems that all political candidates possess an advanced degree in question dodging. One lucky group of scientists, however, managed to get the candidates' views on key environmental issues in their very own words.

Alison Fairbrother | Take Part | Sep 06, 2012 Vague and Wishy-Washy: Obama and Romney's Answers to Pressing Eco-Questions Lack SpecificsThe Presidential candidates have answers, but you're left wanting more.

Russell McLendon | Mother Nature Network | Sep 06, 2012 Obama, Romney answer science questionsWhile they declined a televised science debate, the candidates did provide written answers to 14 questions from the country's top scientists.

Sheril Kirshenbaum | Culture of Science | Sep 06, 2012 No Slate, Romney Did Not “School” The President On Science PolicyI must politely disagree with Laura Helmuth’s well-circulated Slate piece entitled, “Romney Out-Debates Obama: How the GOP candidate schooled the president on science policy.” That’s a strong declaration, and from a scientific standpoint – an unfair assessment.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Huffington Post | Sep 06, 2012 Obama, Romney Spar Over Climate, Other Science Issues in Online DebateThe responses are interesting in other ways, as well. Although vaccines don't cause autism, Obama never calls out vaccine-autism science deniers, who are largely on the left, but neither does Romney.

Dawn Reeves | Inside EPA | Sep 06, 2012 Romney Repeats Vow To 'Modernize' Environmental Laws, Address ClimateRepublican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is reiterating his promise to “modernize” federal environmental laws.

John Parnell | Responding to Climate Change | Sep 06, 2012 Romney and Obama quiz on climate change and energy highlights how close their policies really areWith the Republican and Democrat conventions almost behind us, US Presidential Election candidates took part in an online debate on science this week with climate change and energy featuring prominently.

Jamie Weinstein | The Daily Caller | Sep 06, 2012 Climate change so serious Democrats mention it once in over 80 speeches over two daysPresident Obama himself recently told in a written statement that “Climate change is the one of the biggest issues of this generation,” though he has been criticized for being too silent on the issue since 2010.

Alan Boyle | | Sep 05, 2012 Obama and Romney take science quiz and rekindle climate controversyPresident Barack Obama and his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, have sent in their answers to the political campaign's highest-profile science quiz — the 14 questions on science and technology issues posed by Science Debate 2012 — and Romney's answer to the climate question is already stirring up some buzz.

Ross Pomeroy | Real Clear Science | Sep 05, 2012 Five Takeaways from the Science DebateOverall, the candidate's answers simply scratched the surface of what could have been discussed. This is what happens when office-seekers have time to craft politically measured responses that dilute their true stances to meretricious platitudes. Hopefully, some of these incredibly important science questions will be asked of the candidates in the upcoming, nationally-televised debates.

The Editors | Nature | Sep 05, 2012 Obama and Romney tackle 14 top science questionsFind out where the candidates stand on climate change, research, energy, space and more.

Michael Gerson | Washington Post | Sep 05, 2012 Is Romney warming up to global warming?Romney’s response to a questionnaire — prepared by — is one interesting sign of the emergence of the post-primary candidate.

Robert T. Gonzalez | io9 | Sep 05, 2012 Read Obama and Romney’s answers to the country’s top science questionsNow is your chance to judge the two major-party candidates based on the pressing questions about science and technology facing our country.

Dan Vergano | USA TODAY | Sep 05, 2012 Romney climate views examined in science debatePublic opinion experts seem divided on whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's views on climate science -- released in an online forum's "debate" between the candidates -- represent a moderation of his views on global warming.

Curtis Brainard | Columbia Journalism Review | Sep 05, 2012 Conventions create climate coverageWhile gets some answers

Joe Romm | ThinkProgress | Sep 05, 2012 Team Romney: Top Response To Climate Change Should Be More Defense Spending!Unfortunately, Romney seems to have taken the “debate” part more seriously than the science part and channeled GOP word-meister Frank Luntz.

Editors | Ticino News | Sep 05, 2012 Romney: first industries, then the environmentGlobal warming, if it exists, is not an American affair, and comes after the health of industry.

Laura Helmuth | Slate | Sep 05, 2012 Romney Out-Debates ObamaHow the GOP candidate schooled the president on science policy.

Steve Benen | The MaddowBlog | MSNBC | Sep 05, 2012 Admitting we have a problem is only the first stepAs of this week, Romney's rolling out an even murkier stance. Here's what Romney told Scientific American and

Carl Franzen | Talking Points Memo | Sep 05, 2012 Romney: ‘Human Activity Contributes’ To Global WarmingIn his answer, Romney seems to walk back his late 2011 statements "that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet," and an earlier statement in which he said he thought global warming was occurring but "I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans."

Molly Aronica | The Daily Meal | Sep 05, 2012 Obama, Romney Debate Food Health and SafetyThe latest food-related news from the campaign trail

Carl Franzen | Talking Points Memo | Sep 05, 2012 President Obama And Mitt Romney Reveal Sci-Tech PositionsPresident Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have provided their answers to 14 wide-ranging questions about their positions on national science and technology issues, obtained and published Wednesday by

Jeremy A. Kaplan | | Sep 05, 2012 Obama and Romney science talk focuses on climate change, spaceflightThere's at least one thing President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can agree on: Science is pretty awesome. But beyond that, the two could agree on no aspect of science, according to answers posted Tuesday on

John M. Broder | New York Times | Sep 05, 2012 Shifting Views on Climate ChangePresident Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, have spelled out their views on climate change in a bit more detail than they usually do on the campaign trail in response to questions from a group of scientific organizations.

Pierre-François Besson | 24 Heures | Sep 05, 2012 Mitt Romney: «Le monde se réchauffe et l’homme y contribue»Le changement climatique n’est pas au centre de la campagne présidentielle américaine. Tout comme Barak Obama, Mitt Romney reconnaît toutefois le problème. Avec des nuances.

Neela Banerjee | Daily Camera | Sep 05, 2012 Obama and Romney debate climate change onlineAt the Republican National Convention last week and in at least one stump speech over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used climate change as a laugh line ridiculing President Barack Obama's priorities. But not in an online debate at

Jamie Condliffe | Gizmodo | Sep 05, 2012 Obama and Romney Tackle Science’s Toughest QuestionsThe answers make for fascinating reading, not just in terms of their content but the way in which they're answered, too. You should definitely read the full report.

Jamie Condliffe | Gizmodo Australia | Sep 04, 2012 Obama And Romney Tackle Science’s Toughest QuestionsThis is Giz Australia, but it’s always fascinating to hear what the next leader of a major influencer like the US has to say on subjects close to our heart like science and engineering. Even more so when Obama and Romney don’t see eye-to-eye on tech policy.

Alex Guillen | POLITICO Pro | Sep 04, 2012 Romney: People add to global warmingRomney campaign spokeswoman dismissed the notion that Romney had flipped on the issue.

John Timmer | Ars Technica | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney field questions on NASA, 'Net neutrality, climate changePrior to the 2008 presidential election, a group of people thought it would be a good idea to hear the candidates' views on a series of science issues. So, they formed Science debate, an organization dedicated to bringing that about.

Jennifer Welsh | Business Insider | Sep 04, 2012 See The Presidential Candidates' Stances On Today's Biggest Science IssuesThe presidential candidates released their answers to this year's "science debate" questions, culled from questions posed by thousands of scientists, engineers and citizens.

Dan Vergano | Florida Today | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney to tackle science questionsThe full responses are worth reading for anyone interested in science and the nation's future.

Mark Whittington | Yahoo News | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney Respond About Space in Science Debate 2012What the presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, believe about space policy has been the subject of some speculation. Answers to a question posed by Science Debate 2012 provide some illumination.

Ivan Semeniuk | Nature | Sep 04, 2012 US presidential candidates weigh in on scienceThose with an interest and a stake in US research and innovation finally have something to chew on

Soulskill | | Sep 04, 2012 Obama and Romney Respond To QuestionnairePresident Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both responded to a questionnaire on the 'most important science policy questions facing the United States.'

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Boing Boing | Sep 04, 2012 Mitt Romney: Climate change is real, but addressing it would be wrongClimate scientists, and the journalists who write about them, have been talking, anecdotally, about seeing this exact rhetorical shift happening in conservative circles.

Jason Samenow | Washington Post | Sep 04, 2012 Obama and Romney on climate change scienceWith the race to the White House heating up, it raises the question: where do the presidential candidates stand on global warming? In short, Obama is a global warming “believer” but has provided little substance to back his conviction and seldom talks about it. Romney, on the other hand, presents a wavering, sometimes mocking assessment on the severity of the issue.

Zack Colman | The Hill | Sep 04, 2012 Romney: Humans contribute to climate change, more regulations not the answerRomney’s response to’s question on climate change offered insight on a topic the GOP presidential candidate has shared little about.

The Editors | Scientific American | Sep 04, 2012 Scientific American Reprint of Obama and Romney AnswersThe Obama and Romney answers are now up at Scientific American.

Neela Banerjee | LA Times | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney duel over climate change in online debatePresident Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney took part in a science-focused online debate Tuesday.

Andrew C. Revkin | New York Times | Sep 04, 2012 Obama and Romney Weigh in on Science QuestionsThe Science Debate initiative, launched with the 2008 presidential campaign to try to develop reasoned discussion of science-framed issues by the candidates, produced a list of 14 questions for the candidates.

Brian Merchant | Treehugger | Sep 04, 2012 Mitt Romney Believes in Climate Change AgainThe science advocacy group asked the top presidential candidates some tough questions—and they actually responded. The biggest surprise? Mitt Romney believes in climate change again.

Sheril Kirshenbaum | Culture of Science | Sep 04, 2012 Obama And Romney Answer Top American Science QuestionsIn 2007, friends and I launched ScienceDebate - a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative to get presidential candidates to address science and technology issues along the campaign trail.

Michael Halpern | Union of Concerned Scientists | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney Answer Questions on Science Policy Through Science DebateSecuring responses to these questions is yet another achievement for Science Debate, a great grassroots (and, incredibly, volunteer run) coalition.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | | Sep 04, 2012 Obama, Romney Answer Top American Science QuestionsPresident Barack Obama and his challenger Governor Mitt Romney have answered the Top American Science Questions.

Matt Lowry | The Skeptical Teacher | Sep 02, 2012 Members of U.S. Congress Refuse to Address Science Debate QuestionsBarack Obama and Mitt Romney have agreed to address the questions. Unfortunately, to date, only two members of Congress have responded to these questions!

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Aug 31, 2012 Can the US Achieve Energy Independence by 2020?The Republican platform adopted by the GOP in Tampa this week reaffirmed the party’s commitment to achieving “domestic energy independence.” As it happens, question #6 of the 14 “Top American Science Questions in 2012” deals with exactly this issue.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | | Aug 30, 2012 Congressmembers Refuse Science QuestionsI shouldn't be, but I'm blown away.

Earl Lane and Becky Ham | Science | Aug 30, 2012 Scientists Urge Obama, Romney to Address Key S&T IssuesWhile many of the questions invite the candidates to give a broad overview of their policy positions, others are quite specific.

Robert T. Gonzalez | io9 | Aug 30, 2012 Why Romney and Obama’s Written Science Answers Aren’t EnoughThe fact that Obama and Romney have agreed to address these questions (and it really is a fantastic list — we've included it again, below) at all is significant, but it is vital that we continue to push for the candidates to address these issues in a public forum that allows for discussion, direct debate and followup questions.

David Malakoff | Science | Aug 30, 2012 Republican Party Platform Has a Lot to Say About ScienceAddressing climate change and reducing demand for fossil fuels are out, and more neuroscience research and space science missions are in.

Peter Sinclair | Climate Denial Crock of the Week | Aug 29, 2012 Obama Says the C WordFrom his August 28 Speech in Ames, Iowa: The decisions we make as a country on big issues like the economy and jobs and taxes and education and energy and war and climate change — all these decisions will directly affect your life in very personal ways.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | | Aug 29, 2012 Congress Members Refuse Science QuestionsMembers of Congress are ignoring the ScienceDebate questionnaire, submitted to them by Scientific American magazine, or declining to answer any questions about their policy views

Colin Macilwain | Nature | Aug 29, 2012 What matters for science is who runs the countryA chief scientific adviser is no substitute for a elected officials that are actually engaged with science and engineering.

Pia Christensen | Covering Health | Aug 29, 2012 Candidates to answer questions on science, policyWhile all of the questions - and their answers - will be of interest to health journalists, there are five that are directly related to health.

Ian O'Neill | Discovery News | Aug 28, 2012 Will Obama, Romney Step-Up to Science?Science often gets under-served ahead of big campaigns with candidates focusing more on day-to-day concerns that could swing the vote in their favor.

Marco Grappeggia | Gravità Zero | Aug 27, 2012 PRESIDENTIAL USA: THE QUESTIONS OF CITIZENS OF CANDIDATES ON SCIENTIFICScience now affects the appearance of the daily life of every citizen: it influences the economy, quality of life and future prospects, and it is increasingly decisive in the decision-making process of a nation.

Dan Vergano | USA TODAY | Aug 27, 2012 Obama and Romney to tackle science debate questionsPresident Obama and Mitt Romney will take the "Science Debate" challenge, report organizers of an effort to get the candidates to talk science before the election.

Linda Moussakova | A rts & S ciences | Aug 26, 2012 Votez pour la scienceThe Agence Science-Presse asked 4 questions to political parties a. the aging of the population b. natural resources & environment c. expertise in the public sector d. Quebec's strategy of innovation research. The answers can be found on their website. For the occasion they created the blog I vote for Science.

Matt Lowry | The Skeptical Teacher | Aug 25, 2012 Good News from Science Debate: Both U.S. Presidential Candidates Accept!As I reported last month, President Obama's campaign has accepted the Science Debate 2012 challenge to address their Top Science Questions. I am now happy to report that Mitt Romney's campaign has also accepted the challenge.

Marissa Fessenden | Scientific American | Aug 25, 2012 Will the U.S. Remain a Leader in a Science- and Technology-Driven Economy?While American science may be strong, math and science proficiency will be critical for maintaining that position, and reports are less certain on the strength of our schools.

Brandon Keim | Wired Science | Aug 24, 2012 Todd Akin and the Anti-Science House Science CommitteeIt's the scientific method itself that’s ultimately under attack in the House science committee.

Alison Fairbrother | | Aug 24, 2012 Will PBS' Jim Lehrer, Moderator of First Presidential Debate, Ask Obama and Romney About Climate Change?Candidates for the highest office in the land should discuss their positions on climate change during the upcoming presidential debates.

Shawn Otto | | Aug 23, 2012 Daily Kos hosts "blogathon" on climate changeA selection of climate change science and policy posts from congress members, scientists and others.

The Editors | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb | Aug 23, 2012 A New Election Year TraditionAfter successfully getting the 2008 US presidential candidates to lay out their positions on science and technology, the grassroots organization is once again calling on presidential hopefuls to answer a handful of questions intended to provide voters with some insight into their stance on science policy.

LiveScience Staff | | Aug 23, 2012 Nonprofit Urges Politicians to Debate Science in 2012A nonprofit organization is challenging political office hopefuls to debate 14 crucial science questions during the 2012 election.

Shawn Otto | | Aug 23, 2012 Help Us Get Congress to Focus on ScienceIf you are a constituent of one of the following Members of Congress, please contact the Member's office and ask them to respond to the ScienceDebate and Scientific American questionnaire immediately.

Alex Seitz-Wald | | Aug 23, 2012 Stem cells: A culture war gone quietAfter Republicans’ 2006 drubbing, and particularly McCaskill’s win on this issue, and with no leader like Bush opposing research, the party likely realized they had nothing to gain for fighting on this issue, and thus abandoned it.

Stephan Lewandowsky | The University of Western Australia | Aug 23, 2012 What motivates rejection of science?Free-market ideology was an overwhelmingly strong determinant of the rejection of climate science. It also predicted the rejection of the link between tobacco and lung cancer and between HIV and AIDS. Conspiratorial thinking was a lesser but still significant determinant of the rejection of all scientific propositions examined, from climate to lung cancer.

Romney Campaign | Aug 22, 2012 Mitt Romney Releases Energy PlanThe plan contrasts with the Obama plan by emphasizing new offshore drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline "to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 and establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century."

Soulskill | Slashdot | Aug 22, 2012 A Call For Science Policy Debate Among Presidential CandidatesThis comes at a time when the basic scientific literacy of elected officials is under heavy scrutiny.

Elise Viebeck | The Hill | Aug 22, 2012 Poll: Voters would pay higher taxes for more medical researchA majority of voters would pay higher taxes in exchange for more state-funded medical research, according to a new poll.

Motherboard | Aug 21, 2012 Congress's Science Committee Doesn't Get ScienceIt would be one thing if Akin were the lone anti-science science expert on the committee. But he’s not alone. The governing body in charge of many of our most important scientific institutions currently includes a cadre of ideologues with views that disregard actual science as violently as Akin's, at a time when science funding, the public’s understanding of science, and Congressional popularity are hitting new lows.

Marissa Fessenden | Scientific American | Aug 21, 2012 Bring It: A Call for Candidates to Debate Science PolicyScientists and concerned citizens ask the 2012 presidential candidates and leaders in Congress to discuss science and technology.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Neorenaissance | Aug 20, 2012 A Legitimate Doofus's Timeless PrinciplesInstead of retaining fixed, timeless views, perhaps Mr. Akin should consider updating them as knowledge from science accumulates. Isn't that his job, on the House Science Committee of the world's leading science nation?

David Malakoff | Science | Aug 18, 2012 Paul Ryan's Record on Science and GovernmentA review by ScienceInsider of Ryan's 14-year career in Congress suggests he holds some strong views on the role of the federal government in funding and regulating research and innovation.

Marissa Fessenden | Scientific American | Aug 17, 2012 Will the Candidates Tell Us about Their Policies on Pandemics and Biosecurity?A new strain of H3N2 influenza virus transmitted from pigs to humans has caused U.S. patient cases to spike in the past two weeks. During the same time period, an Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda killed at least 14 people. Both these outbreaks are demanding cooperation among scientists and political leaders.

Connie Roser-Renouf, Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach | Yale Project on Climate Change Communication | Aug 14, 2012 The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2012At the national level and among ten key swing states taking a proclimate stand appears to benefit candidates more than hurt them with registered voters.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry | Commission on Presidential Debates | Aug 13, 2012 Commission on Presidential Debates Announces 2012 ModeratorsThe moderators, and the schedule and locations for the debates are as follows.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Aug 10, 2012 Who Should Fund Scientific Research? How Much?The third question in’s list of top 14 science questions that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney should address this election year has to do with federal funding of scientific research.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Aug 03, 2012 Senators Fiddle While Deep Ocean Temperatures RiseThe latest evidence that average temperatures are increasing around the globe comes from the deepest parts of the ocean, Dr. James McCarthy of Harvard University told a Senate committee hearing on climate change on Wednesday.

Leslie Taylor | | Jul 27, 2012 Breaking the Silence about Science on the Campaign TrailIn an election, the candidates are asked to share their views on everything from their favorite historical figure to their choice of underwear. But why do we hear so little about their views on scientific topics? Why isn’t science a campaign issue?

Bud Ward | The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media | Jul 26, 2012 Science Effort Again Seeks to Boost Issues in Presidential CampaignIt’s again an uphill fight, but a worthwhile one, and somebody’s got to undertake it: a number of science groups are again backing efforts to see science issues, including climate science, gain more traction in this year’s presidential campaigns.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Jul 26, 2012 Advances in Science Drive Economic GrowthA quest to get more discussion about science and scientific issues in the run-up to this year’s presidential election in the U.S, is starting to get noticed.

Jack Hassard | The Art of Teaching Science | Jul 25, 2012 Sciencepolitica: Science Debate Seeks to Find Out What Politicians Know About ScienceOver the past few years, the politicization of science has led to stalemates on many areas that need to be addressed.

Curtis Brainard | Columbia Journalism Review | Jul 23, 2012 Quest for science debate continuesOtto’s words should be a reminder to journalists nationwide. Even if’s dream comes true, and the candidates go head-to-head over science and engineering on national TV, reporters everywhere need to make these issues part of their daily coverage of the presidential and Congressional campaigns.

Robert T. Gonzalez | io9 | Jul 20, 2012 It’s time to bring science to the fore of political discourse by having candidates discuss it publiclyIf you want to see Obama and Romney devote time to addressing important questions about science and science policy in a publicly televised debate, you're going to have to fight for it.

Andrew Alden | | Jul 20, 2012 14 Questions for the Presidential CandidatesBarack Obama and Mitt Romney have been asked to respond to the questionnaire in approximately one month.

Russell McLendon | Mother Nature Network | Jul 20, 2012 14 science questions for Obama, RomneyNeither presidential candidate has placed much emphasis on science or environmental issues, so a coalition of U.S. scientists is taking them to task.

Maggie Koerth-Baker | Boing Boing | Jul 20, 2012 The science questions Obama and Romney need to answerScience Debate is trying to get President Obama and Mitt Romney to treat science with at least the kind of seriousness politicians give their religious beliefs.

Shawn Otto | Huffington Post | Jul 19, 2012 Organizations List Top Science & Environmental Questions Obama, Romney Should TackleIn an age of growing antiscience politics, fifteen US science and engineering organizations take a stand.

Rick Piltz | Climate Science Watch | Jul 19, 2012 Key science and environmental questions to ask Obama, RomneyThese questions really need to be posed by knowledgeable questioners who are in a position to ask well-focused follow-up questions when candidates give less-than-illuminating answers.

Christine Gorman | Scientific American | Jul 19, 2012 What Do Obama and Romney Know About Science? And Why It MattersScientific American is partnering with the folks at and more than a dozen leading science and engineering organizations to try to inject more discussion about critical science issues into the U.S. presidential election campaign this year.

News Release | Jul 19, 2012 Organizations List Top Science Questions Obama, Romney Should TackleFifteen of the top U.S. science organizations today released a list of the most important science policy questions that presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be debating on the campaign trail.

Katherine Bagley | Audubon Magazine | May 29, 2012 Bringing Science to the Forefront of Presidential DebatesA group urges the presidential candidates to discuss science, technology, and the environment.

Timothy Hurst | Ecopolitology | May 25, 2012 US Voters Want More Science in Presidential ContestAmong the findings of a new poll measuring attitudes about science, faith and public policy are those that show US voters of all faiths want to see more science in the presidential debate.

Shawn Otto | Science Debate | May 17, 2012 Last Chance to Weigh InThis is your last chance to submit a question for consideration for a possible presidential science debate.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | John Allen Paulos | Vernon Ehlers | Science Friday | May 11, 2012 The Case for a Presidential Science DebateIra Flatow and guests discuss how a presidential science debate can help voters decide if a candidate is up for the job.

Sheril Kirshenbaum | Culture of Science | Apr 11, 2012 Survey Shows Strong Support for More Domestic Energy ProductionOur latest biannual UT Energy Poll has just been released and the results are quite interesting–especially with regard to climate change and the upcoming presidential election.

Gred Laden | ScienceBlogs | Apr 11, 2012 Americans on Energy: New UT StudyPreviously, we discussed the new poll by the Science Debate people, and now we have new information from the UT Energy Poll.

Charles McAlpin | Examiner | Apr 09, 2012 Americans Want to Know Candidates' Views on ScienceThe poll, conducted by JZ Analytics, indicates that Americans ranked science as more important than everything but the economy and national security.

Alan Boyle | MSNBC | Apr 06, 2012 Science and religion readings for the godly and the godlessReligious holidays such as Easter and Passover usually spark a spate of stories about the intersection of science and religion, and that's especially the case during this presidential election year.

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Huffington Post | Apr 06, 2012 Who Would Be the Best Moderator for a Presidential Science Debate?Who has the media presence, debate chops, policy understanding and science literacy to lift America to a new standard?

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Huffington Post | Apr 04, 2012 Shawn Lawrence Otto: New Poll: Even Religious Voters Overwhelmingly Want Candidates to Debate ScienceIt turns out that the presidential campaign staffers have it completely, one hundred and eighty degrees wrong when it comes to science. Overwhelming majorities of American voters want the candidates to debate the big science issues facing the country.

Beth Buczynski | care2 | Apr 03, 2012 Voters Want Candidates To Debate Science, Not Faith Or ValuesA new national public opinion poll found that even religious voters are tired of Presidential candidates harping about religion.

Dan Vergano | USA Today | Apr 03, 2012 Poll: science debates a voter priorityOnly the economy and defense matters rated higher than including debates about science-inflected issues in the poll. | Apr 03, 2012 New Poll: Even religious voters overwhelmingly want candidates to debate scienceConsensus among Protestants, Catholics for science debates, science-based policies; Twice as many think the US not spending enough on alternative energy as do defense

Lawrence M Krauss and Shawn Lawrence Otto | Huffington Post | Mar 19, 2012 Americans Deserve a Presidential Science DebateAmerica needs and deserves a president who can show that he or she understands the importance of basing public policy on the best available evidence, as the founders intended. | Mar 01, 2012 Announcing The Top Science Questions Facing America: 2012 EditionA new interactive facility allows visitors to vote, comment, and post their own science questions for the candidates for president

Katherine Bagley | InsideClimate News | Feb 22, 2012 GOP Not Listening to Its Own Scientists on Climate ChangeGOP scientists say their attempts to talk about climate dangers with their party's politicians and their aides have largely fallen on deaf ears.

Nader Heidari | Chemical & Engineering News | Feb 20, 2012 Science Is PoliticalThe near taboo of discussing science, which seemed to grip policymakers and the media alike, compelled Shawn Lawrence Otto, chief executive officer and cofounder of Science Debate 2008—now known as—to write “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.”

Rebecca Kaplan | CBS News | Feb 20, 2012 Santorum: Democrats are "anti-science," not meHis views are not "anti-science" as Democrats claim, Santorum said. "When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones."

Pallab Ghosh | BBC News | Feb 19, 2012 Canadian government is 'muzzling its scientists'Speakers at a major science meeting said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.

Shawn Otto | Science Debate | Feb 18, 2012 Science Debate taping at AAASThank you to all the scientists and science advocates who stopped by to say a little on tape about why the candidates for president ought to debate the grand science and engineering challenges.

Bora Zivkovic | Scientific American | Feb 17, 2012 Can We Ask Presidential Candidates about Science?The idea is for a media organization with a strong reputation, large audience, and necessary resources to team up with a group of smart, dedicated, innovative, tech-savvy and Web-savvy students of journalism to explore and analyze the questions posed by the media to the presidential candidates (most notably during the presidential debates), to see what questions are asked frequently, what questions rarely, and what questions not at all – and then to provide the citizens with the opportunity to have their own voices heard, adding questions they want to ask, inquiring about topics they care about the most.

Pascal Lapointe | Agence Science-Presse | Feb 14, 2012 To combat the irrational, we must engageIt would be easier to build bridges if science was taken more seriously in politics.

John Allen Paulos | New York Times | Feb 13, 2012 Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?Dinosaurs cavorting with humans, climate scientists cooking up the global warming “hoax,” the health establishment using vaccines to bring about socialism – it’s hard to imagine mainstream leaders in other advanced economies not laughing at such claims.

Alan Boyle | MSNBC | Feb 01, 2012 Science: Political poison ... or cure?Even though Otto and his colleagues at didn't get a full-bore, live-action presidential debate on science and technology issues during the 2008 campaign, they got the next best thing: A rundown from Barack Obama as well as his Republican rival for the presidency, John McCain, on 14 key issues. ScienceDebate is planning to reprise the "14 Questions" exercise this year, augmented by other questions from the general public. The organizers are even talking with TV networks again about having a broadcast science debate at some point during the presidential campaign.

Ronald Bailey | Reason | Jan 18, 2012 Where Do the Republican Candidates Stand on Science?From the Internet to bioscience and energy, science and technology touch nearly every aspect of our lives. Below, a look at the positions of the five remaining Republican presidential candidates on seven different science and technology policy issues: (1) emergency contraception, (2) biological evolution, (3) climate change, (4) shale gas, (5) nuclear power and waste disposal, (6) space exploration, and (7) the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The candidates are listed in order they are currently polling: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry.

Lynn Peeples | Huffington Post | Jan 18, 2012 Climate Change Causes Heated Battles For Science TeachersIn 2008, Louisiana voted to allow public school teachers to teach both creationism and the views of climate change skeptics. Last May, a school board in Las Alamitos, Calif., voted unanimously to require environmental science teachers cover "multiple perspectives" on climate change. That decision was later rescinded.

TELI - science journalism and science debate 2011 (Germany) | Jan 02, 2012 ScienceDebate concept spreads to Latin AmericaThe journal of the renowned Javariana University in Bogotá, Colombia, "Signo y Pensamiento" (sign and thought), has a contribution titled "The agenda of science journalism in the second decade of the 21st Century: to promote scientific literacy through science debates."

Kansas City Star | Dec 27, 2011 A serious science debate? Don't hold your breathFour years ago, a group of science writers tried to organized a debate in which Barack Obama and John McCain would debate science issues. Neither campaign was interested. Author Shawn Lawrence Otto says the group will try again in 2012.

Renee Schoof | McClatchy Newspapers | Dec 26, 2011 Book examines America's turn from science, warns of danger for democracyWASHINGTON — Americans have trouble dealing with science, and one place that's especially obvious is in presidential campaigns, says Shawn Lawrence Otto, who tried, with limited success, to get the candidates to debate scientific questions in the 2008 presidential election.

Financial Times | Nov 25, 2011 Why doesn’t America like science?Just three Republican candidates have declared that they believe in the scientific basis for evolution

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Nov 03, 2011 Three important essays on science and politicsRepublican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently questioned the science of climate change in ways so unsupported by evidence that Glenn Kessler, the "Fact Checker" columnist at The Washington Post, gave him a rating of "four Pinocchios." Perry's is but one scientific misstatement among many that regularly roil the US political scene. What is the proper scientific response to the political distortion -- or even outright rejection -- of science? Three Bulletin experts will offer authoritative and at times provocative analysis.

Fool Me Twice | Jul 24, 2011 Science Debate cofounder's book out Oct 11, 2011Science Debate cofounder and CEO Shawn Lawrence Otto's book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America will be published by Rodale Books on October 11, 2011.

News Release | Feb 10, 2011 Science Debate 2011 in EstoniaMembers of the Science Debate team have continued to support international science debates, which have now occured in parlaimentary elections in several countries. Estonian science journalist Priit Ennet met with Science Debate cofounder Shawn Otto at the Euroscience Open Forum and has organized a science debate in the upcoming Estonian national elections. Teadusdebatt 2011 will occur Monday February 14, 2011 at 6PM EET (11AM EST).

News Release | Jul 17, 2010 Report from Euroscience Open ForumPowerful ideas attract their own supporters. One such idea that is slowly beginning to attract international attention is the idea of Science Debates.

News Release | Jun 11, 2010 Science Debate Goes InternationalScience Debate cofounder Shawn Lawrence Otto will speak at the EuroScience Open Forum in Torino, Italy on July 7.

News Release | Apr 08, 2010 Congress Needs the OTAMost of the major challenges now facing the nation revolve around science. Of the 535 members of Congress, how many do you suppose are scientists and engineers?

CapSci Conference, NSF | Mar 28, 2010 2010 State of SciencePanel discussion at the NSF on what progress Obama has made on the Top 14 Science Questions Facing America (video)

MinnPost | Mar 19, 2010 Omitting a science standard for teaching the nation's students is a big mistakeOn March 10, a panel of educators convened by the nation¹s governors and state school superintendents proposed a uniform set of academic standards for all children in U.S. public schools. The goal of the standards, they said, is to "provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." Just one problem: There's no science.

Science | Mar 09, 2010 Science Debate Co-Founder Receives National Award for Distinguished Public ServiceIEEE Fellow and former National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President William Wulf and Science Debate co-founder Shawn Otto were honored with the National IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service on Saturday night.

Reserach!America | Feb 24, 2010 The Politics of Science: Where are We Now?Shawn Otto, co-founder of Science Debate 2008, will join Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Jane Lubchenco and R!A President Mary Woolley at CapSci

News Release | Feb 01, 2010 Mooney to host Point of Inquiry“We are tremendously excited about having Chris Mooney, Karen Stollznow and Robert Price as hosts for our podcast,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry.

News Release | Oct 06, 2009 Otto gives Nobel KeynoteScience Debate cofounder and CEO Shawn Lawrence Otto's keynote presentation at the 2009 Nobel Conference.

US News & World Report | Jul 15, 2009 40 Years After Moon Landing, Time to Launch the Next 'Giant Leap for Mankind'The Apollo program was a booster rocket for American science. That innovation must be rekindled

Politics Daily | Jul 15, 2009 Earth to Moon to Mars: Yes, We Can (and Should)In 2008, a group called Science Debate 2008 sent questionnaires to both Barack Obama and John McCain. The questions were specific and thoughtful, and each campaign chose to answer them in detail. The 11th query asked whether the candidates believed the United States could afford to study Earth from outer space and the "manned space travel (that) can help us inspire new generations of youth to go into science."

News Release | Jul 13, 2009 Unscientific America on Sale Now"Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future" is co-authored by two of our co-founders, Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, and is now available in stores across the country and online.

News Release | Jun 22, 2009 Making Geek Chic at the NASWe here at Science Debate are continuing our work to raise the profile of science in the national dialogue.

ScienceGuide (Netherlands) | Jun 09, 2009 Lukt het Obama?Though it remains to be seen if the federal support for science will be sustained beyond the Administration's jobs-creation program, to many, the new President's announcements mark a refreshing departure from eight years of neglect and even rejection of sound science on critical issues by White House.

White House | Apr 27, 2009 A Historic Commitment to Research and EcucationToday, President Obama will speak before the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, and discuss his plans to reinvigorate the American scientific enterprise through a bold commitment to basic and applied research, innovation, and education.

White House | Apr 27, 2009 Obama Announces Members of PCASTToday, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama announced the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

White House | Apr 27, 2009 Remarks by the President at the NAS"The very founding of this institution stands as a testament to the restless curiosity, the boundless hope so essential not just to the scientific enterprise, but to this experiment we call America."

ScienceGuide (Netherlands) | Apr 20, 2009 USA gets CTOThe Obama campaign had already said he would appoint a "national CTO." In answers to Sciencedebate 2008, published in ScienceGuide, he said he would: "Establish the nation's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century."

NYAS Magazine | Apr 09, 2009 Stimulus for ScienceWashington Insiders See a New Dawn for Research | As President Obama takes steps to "restore science to its rightful place," Washington insiders and Academy members weigh in on his challenges and priorities.

Issues in Science & Tech | Mar 12, 2009 Otto & Kirshenbaum: Science on the Campaign TrailIn November 2007, a group of six citizens decided to do something to elevate science and technology in the national dialogue.

Al Jazeera | Mar 10, 2009 Obama lifts stem cell funding banUS president reverses restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

MSNBC | Mar 09, 2009 Ending the war on science?Word about Obama's presidential memorandum on scientific integrity came as the president signed a separate executive order loosening the White House's limits on stem cell research.

News Release | Mar 09, 2009 Science Debate congratulates President Obama on Stems Cells (#8) and Scientific Integrity (#12)In August 2008, President Obama pledged to Science Debate 2008 that if elected he would lift restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that have been in place since August 9, 2001, and that he would ensure that all research on stem cells is conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight, and that he would restore scientific integrity to the federal government.

Chicago Tribune | Feb 16, 2009 Supporters getting wary as Barack Obama delays stem cell researchOver the past few weeks, some of Barack Obama's most fervent supporters have come to an unhappy realization: The candidate they thought was squarely on their side in policy fights is now a president who needs cajoling and persuading.

LA Times | Feb 16, 2009 Liberals do a slow burn over Obama's go-slow approachActivists recall his promises as a candidate and express frustration at his equivocation as president. They cite stem cell research and detainee policy as examples.

Science | Feb 12, 2009 Your Handy-Dandy Science Stimulus GuideScience Debate 2008, the people who encouraged discussion of science issues in the 2008 elections, have prepared a summary chart showing the status of science-related line items in each of the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the economic stimulus package.

Hays Pharma | Feb 12, 2009 The Obama EffectThe president has voiced his opinion on another R&D topic, that of embryonic stem cell research, with his views on this matter being outlined in a response to a question put to him last year by the Science Debate 2008 group.

Discover | Feb 12, 2009 Science in the StimulusFrom comes word that funding for science, particularly for NSF and the DOE Office of Science, was largely restored in the House-Senate conference. The relevant passage of the preliminary report is here.

News Release | Feb 12, 2009 Science Debate's Analysis of Science in the StimulusFINAL Conference Bill numbers for science in the 2009 stimulus bill

News Release | Feb 11, 2009 Science wins bigBelow is a report from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. As you can see, our message that science and technology investments are the key to our nation's future has been understood by Congress - for now.

Nature | Feb 11, 2009 Urgent Action on Science Stimulus PackageWe're pleased to repost the latest email from ScienceDebate

News Release | Feb 10, 2009 Science & Tech Investments in the Stimulus PackageThe science- and technology-related spending items in the House and Senate versions of the stimulus bill appear below.

News Release | Feb 06, 2009 Science Debate helps restore $3B in science investmentsWe are happy to report that your efforts, and those of the rest of the U.S. science and technology community, have paid off in a big way - for the time being. This is a terrific $3 billion victory for U.S. Science - thank you!

WorldNetDaily | Jan 24, 2009 Did Obama's election trigger new stem cell experiments?FDA's approval of embryonic trials comes day after president change

Truth About Trade & Tech | Jan 23, 2009 Great ExpectationsLast year, a U.S. political website called published this statement by Obama: “Advances in the genetic engineering of plants have provided enormous benefits to American farmers. I believe that we can continue to modify plants safely with new genetic methods, abetted by stringent tests for environmental and health effects and by stronger regulatory oversight guided by the best available scientific advice.”

Science Progress | Jan 22, 2009 Where to Spend Our Research DollarsInnovation to boost economic prosperity requires new ways to get more funding to our most talented young researchers.

BBC News | Jan 20, 2009 Scientists Optimistic over Obama"We're expecting Obama to swing the thing around. He's got good advisers on board."

PharmTech | Jan 02, 2009 A New Start for New CellsNow that the Obama administration is about to take office, you can feel the release of all that pent-up energy and frustration that has been building among researchers and drug developers working with human embryonic stem cells.

Huffington Post | Dec 22, 2008 Steven Chu, Energy ChiefIt's not surprising that scientists would applaud the nomination of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist to be U.S. Secretary of Energy, but the promise of Steven Chu's nomination goes far beyond clan identity.

New York Times | Dec 22, 2008 For Science Adviser, Dogged Work Against Global PerilsJohn P. Holdren has spent decades wrestling with ways to reduce planet-scale risks — notably the spread of nuclear weapons and the buildup of greenhouse gases.

Science Debate 2008 | Dec 20, 2008 Obama announces science teamThis morning in his weekly radio and YouTube broadcast, President-elect Obama announced his science team and gave a speech we have been waiting to hear for the last year.

Washington Independent | Dec 19, 2008 Scientists Heartened by Potential AppointeesAfter President-elect Barack Obama fills out his cabinet appointments, he will turn to appointing new leadership for the government agencies with the power to regulate industry—a process that will likely bring an end to what has become known as the Bush administration’s “war on science.”

Science Debate 2008 | Dec 18, 2008 Obama hits a double for scienceWe want to congratulate President-elect Obama on continuing to assemble an outstanding science team.

Science Debate 2008 | Dec 15, 2008 Why Steven Chu will be a great energy secretaryWe want to congratulate President-elect Obama and Science Debate 2008 supporter Steven Chu on Chu's nomination to become Energy Secretary.

Discover/Cosmic Variance | Dec 10, 2008 Steven Chu Nominated to be Secretary of EnergyScience Debate advocate Steven Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics for his work in laser cooling of atoms, has been nominated to be the next Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration.

Miller-McCune | Dec 09, 2008 Cautious Optimism for Obama’s Policy on ScienceProfessionals hope the new president can change the culture of science in the White House.

Miller-McCune | Dec 08, 2008 Under Bush, Science Learned It Must Speak UpOutgoing administration used science when it needed it and scorned it when it didn’t.

American Chronicle | Dec 01, 2008 GE food and the new administration: Change or more of the same?In September, Science Debate 2008, a non-partisan political education group, posed science questions to the presidential candidates. When asked about the concerns of the effects of genetic modification both in humans and agriculture, Obama´s (partial) response was...

Science Progress | Nov 26, 2008 Attack of the Nerds from Outer SpaceScience Reaches Out to Hollywood, and Both Sides Are the Wiser

PM Magazine (Germany) | Nov 20, 2008 The new U.S. science policyToday I would like to introduce you to Shawn Otto and his work. He is a very special innovator who has prevailed in recent months, a huge change in course.

Science Debate 2008 | Nov 19, 2008 Post-election report to supportersScience Debate 2008 makes over 800 million media impressions; successfully changes the national debate; work ahead "very important;" voice of scientists "critical"

ABC News | Nov 11, 2008 Obama Win 'Sigh of Relief' for Stem Cell ResearchResearchers Anticipate Lifting of Long-Standing Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Exploration

ArtVoice | Nov 07, 2008 Science, tech, computers, gadgets and moreI also want to give a nod back to another item I’ve talked about here: Science Debate 2008. We’ve got a list of policies and action-items promised to us from pre-president-elect Obama in the realm of technology. Read more:

MSNBC | Nov 06, 2008 Science in the Obama EraAmong the top tasks: taking the ideology out of scientific issues, and doing more about what Obama has called a "planet in peril."

ABC News | Nov 06, 2008 Science in a Post-Bush WorldAfter eight years of brawls with the Bush administration on issues including climate change, stem cell research and health care, scientists across the country aren't just hungry for change they can believe in, but science they can trust.

Science Progress | Nov 05, 2008 Science Under ObamaThere's much for scientists to like about Barack Obama's plans for science policy—but will he make it a priority, and what about the money?

WIRED.COM | Nov 05, 2008 Obama's Biggest Science Challenges: You Tell UsWhen Barack Obama takes office in two and a half months, he will inherit an abundance — some might call it a mess — of science-related challenges.

New Scientist | Nov 05, 2008 Obama promises new era of scientific innovationYesterday, the American people chose Barack Obama as the country's 44th president, promising a sea change in US policy that could affect not just the US, but the whole world.

ScienceGuide (EU) | Nov 05, 2008 'Renewed hope and optimism'"It’s a new day for science in America. For too long federal policymaking, especially in the executive branch, has been based on a sort of Orwellian process that put politics and political ideology ahead of facts and reality. That all changed today." - Shawn Otto