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  • Answers for ScienceDebate 2016

    - Since 2008 ScienceDebate has been asking the candidates for the US presidential elections twenty of the most import questions concerning science and innovation. Now, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Jill Stein have submitted their answers for 2016.

    How de wo preserve long-term investments in research, how do we tackle issues like climate change and how do we preserve cybersecurity? These are just a couple of questions that were formulated by a coalition consisting of 56 organizations like Johns Hopkins University, Humboldt University and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

    "Climate change"

    Out of the four running candidates only Libertarian Gary Johnson has not yet submitted its responses. The other three candidates all have given insight in their plans for science and innovations.

    It should come as no surprise that Green Party leader Jill Stein proves to be a staunch supporter of measures to tackle the issue of climate change. “Climate change is the greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced.” She proposes the redirection of research funds from fossil fuels into renewable and energy and conservation.

    Trump on the other hand does not seem to convinced climate change is threatening the United States as he states it between brackets. “There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of “climate change.” Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water.”

    Computer science for all

    With regard to the United States falling behind in rankings concerning education, Clinton addresses the importance of digital literacy as she did earlier. “Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science by the time they graduate high school. I support the Obama Administration’s “Computer Science for All” initiative. And I will take steps to increase investment and scale instruction and lesson programs that help improve student achievement or increase college enrollment and completion in computer science fields.”

    Donald Trump blames the current educational system for failing to providing the American youth with proper education. “If we are serious about changing the direction of our educational standing, we must change our educational models and allow the greatest possible number of options for educating our children. The management of our public education institutions should be done at the state and local level, not at the Department of Education.”

    Other issues that are discussed in ScienceDebate 2016 are varying from biodiversity to energy, nuclear power to public health and from the US space program to immigration.

    All the answers can be found here