Saturday, January 05, 2008

Science in the U.S. Presidential campaign

How big a role are science and technology issues playing in the current Presidential campaign?
Not very. While every candidate has some position on alternative energy, other topics get a mixed reception. This isn't surprising, given that no U.S. election, even after the oil crisis of 1973, was really dominated by any sort of sci-tech issue. I've reported earlier on the mix of positions (again, with some candidates not taking any position) on the U.S. space program. This report from gives a good overview, with links, of what has been said so far on a broader range of issues. (Oddly, LiveScience Senior Editor Robin Lloyd did NOT mention the candidates' positions on space.)

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