Day 87. Election Day USA

In November 2012 on November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Coverage of Election Day USA 2012 is hard to avoid. Opinion polls reported widely suggest that most voting Americans have fiscal issues at front of mind in choosing their favoured President for the next term.

For a change of pace, here are a few selected quotes relating to science from the two presidential candidates. I can’t claim these represent a balance of views, but I think they are interesting nonetheless.

“I believe in evolution, scientific inquiry, and global warming; I believe in free speech, whether politically correct or politically incorrect, and I am suspicious of using government to impose anybody’s religious beliefs -including my own- on nonbelievers.”

Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006)

“Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done. We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.”

Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 2011

“To ensure that in this new Administration, we base our public policies on the soundest science; that we appoint scientific advisers based on their credentials and experience, not their politics or ideology; and that we are open and honest with the American people about the science behind our decisions. That is how we will harness the power of science to achieve our goals — to preserve our environment and protect our national security; to create the jobs of the future, and live longer, healthier lives.”

Barack Obama, outlining policy goals for Presidential memorandum on Scientific Integrity of 2009 via Public Knowledge

“I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with — with cold fusion, if we can come up with it. It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can’t figure out how to duplicate it.”

Mitt Romney, in an interview with the Washington Examiner, via (2011)

“I believe that climate change is occurring.… I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control.”

Mitt Romney, No Apology (2010), via The Evolving Scientist

“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us… My view with regards to energy policy is pretty straightforward. I want us to become energy secure and independent of the oil cartels. And that means let’s aggressively develop our oil, our gas, our coal, our nuclear power.”

Mitt Romney, Pittsburgh Fundraiser 2011, via The Evolving Scientist

[image thanks to VectorPortal on flickr]


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