July 29, 2012 Leave a comment
A great talk with a few scientists on why science will likely play zero role in the forthcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates.
In fact, I tend to disagree with the disappointment of the speakers. They even prove my point by offering a clip of Sarah Palin handily swatting back a climate science question. If she can do it, I can’t see why any debaters seeking the highest office in our country cannot either.
Maybe there’s room to argue for a full debate about science intiatives, but I can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater on this. I think if we can get Romney and Obama to both tackle the fundamental question proposed in this talk – What will your administration’s approach to science and science-based initiatives do to get the country moving on climate change, new sources of energy, and new scientific sources of industry? – then we’ll do just fine.