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ScienceDebate2008.com is a group of scientific research groups, trade organizations, academic institutions, and similar groups that invites site visitors to submit science-related questions, which are then posed to the candidates. Obama has answered, and drawn glowing praise.

Quoted on Wired.com, ScienceDebate CEO Shawn Otto called his responses “very substantive for this point in the campaign, and surprisingly detailed… A lot of the scientists I’ve spoken to are pleased with the level of substance and detail.”

What wisdom has Obama dispensed? Let’s look at some of his musings on science policy:
Read the full Q&A session here: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=40

  • “My administration will increase funding for basic research in physical and life sciences, mathematics, and engineering at a rate that would double basic research budgets over the next decade.”
  • “I have proposed programs that, taken together, will increase federal investment in the clean energy research, development, and deployment to $150 billion over ten years.”
  • “As president, I will lift the current administration’s ban on federal funding of research on embryonic stem cell lines created after August 9, 2001 through executive order, and I will ensure that all research on stem cells is conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight.”

Notice a trend?

Putting aside the question of where the money would come from given the current state of our national finances, where would the money go to? Probably research groups, trade organizations, and academic institutions. I’m sure ScienceDebate2008.com partners, would get their share.

All in the name of science, of course.

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