US presidential candidates stands on important scientific issues revealed

January 4th, 2008 - 4:17 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Jan 4 (ANI): A special news report in the current issue of the journal Science has profiled the nine leading candidates for the United States Presidential elections of 2008, on their stand on important scientific issues.

The candidates that have been profiled are Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson

According to the report, of all the candidates, Hillary Clinton gives the most detailed examination of science policy that any presidential candidate has offered to date, by emphasizing innovation to drive economic growth.

In fact, she has proposed a $50 billion research and deployment fund for green energy that would be paid for by increasing federal taxes and royalties on oil companies.

Hillary also plans to establish a national energy council to oversee federal climate and greentech research and deployment programs.

As for John Edwards, he plans on increasing science funding and ending censoring research and slanting policy on climate change, air pollution and stem cell research.

Edwards would also oppose expanding nuclear power and proposes to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, using a cap-and-trade system to auction off permits as a regulatory incentive.

In the report, Rudy Giuliani has expressed his views on abortion. Specifically, he would let the woman decide what to do in this issue, but with some reservations.

But, the League of Conservation Voters reported that Giuliani has no articulated position on most of the environmental issues it tracks.

John McCain, on the other hand, seemed to be more open about his views on some of the most important scientific issues.

The report states that McCain views global warming as the most urgent issue facing the world and makes climate change on of the top issues of his campaign.

On the human embryonic stem cell issue, he draws the line at human nuclear transfer, or research cloning, arguing that there is no ethical difference between cloning for research and cloning for reproduction, the report added.

“Science felt that it was important to find out what the presidential candidates think about issues that may not be part of their standard stump speeches, but that are vital to the future of the country - from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improving science and math education, said Jeffrey Mervis, deputy news editor for Science.

We hope that the coverage may also kick off a broader discussion of the role of science and technology in decisions being made in Washington and around the world, he added. (ANI)

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