A group of scientists and other concerned citizens are calling for a debate among presidential hopefuls on science and technology policy issues. This is a great idea because as the organizers of Science Debate 2008 declare:
We have noticed that science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of the policy issues facing our nation and the world—issues that profoundly affect our national and economic security as science and technology continue to transform our lives. No matter one's political stripe, these issues pose important pragmatic policy challenges.
The public deserves to know what Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee and all of the others think about global warming, stem cells, nuclear power, and teaching biological evolution. Should we have a carbon tax? Federal support for stem cell research? Subsidies for nuclear power? And equal time in the classroom for science and superstition, uh, I mean, biological evolution and intelligent design?