Developed by

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

logo

 

And Media Partner

logo

 

signup button

Do you care whether our government's policies are based on sound science? Worried about health or your kids' science education? Want to know what's up with climate change and energy? Or what we're doing to build the next great American economy? See the Top American Science Questions and sign the call!

signup button Science Friday NPR: why this is important

Shawn Otto's Book Fool Me Twice Book: why this is important

National Poll Poll: why this is important

Shawn Otto's Book Launch Party Video: why this is important

Uncle Sam Wants YOU for U.S. Science

Are we losing what made America great?
A Debate on Science and America’s Future

"Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for public debates in which the U.S. presidential and congressional candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy."

AAAS 2012 Elections Site




The Top American Science Questions: 2012
Congressional Edition

"Whenever the people are well-informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government."

Science now affects every aspect of life and is an increasingly important topic in national policymaking.

ScienceDebate.org invited thousands of scientists, engineers and concerned citizens to submit what they felt were the the most important science questions facing the nation that candidates should be debating on the campaign trail.

ScienceDebate then worked with the leading US science and engineering organizations listed at left to refine the questions and arrive at a universal consensus on what the most important science policy questions facing the United States are in 2012.

Candidates readily debate jobs and the economy even though they are not economists; they debate foreign policy and military intervention even though they are not diplomats or generals; they debate faith and values even though they are not priests or pastors. They should also debate the big science questions that affect all voters' lives.

The eight congressional questions are a subset of the fourteen we asked the candidates for president. We chose Scientific American as a media partner to help us reach mainstream voters, and together we asked the questions of the following 33 leaders of congressional committees that have an impact on US science.

 

Senate Member

Response

Position

Lamar Alexander, R-TN

No Response

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Barbara Boxer, D-CA

No Response

Chair, Committee on Environment and Public Works

Kent Conrad, D-ND

No Response

Chair, Budget Committee

Jim DeMint, R-SC

No Response

Senior Member, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchinson is retiring)

Michael Enzi, R-WY

Declined

Ranking Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Dianne Feinstein, D-CA

Response

Chair, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Tom Harkin, D-IA

Response

Chair, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

James Inhofe, R-OK

No Response

Ranking Member, Committee on Environment and Public Works

Mitch McConnell, R-KY

 Declined

Senate Minority Leader

Lisa Murkowski, R-AK

No Response

Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Patty Murray, D-WA

No Response

Senior Member, Committee on the Budget (Chairman Kent Conrad is retiring)

Harry Reid, D-NV

No Response

Senate Majority Leader

Pat Roberts, R-KS

No Response

Ranking Member, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Jay Rockefeller, D-WV

Response

Chair, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Jeff Sessions, R-AL

Declined

Ranking Member, Committee on the Budget

Debbie Stabenow, D-MI

No Response

Chair, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Ron Wyden, D-OR

Declined

Senior Member, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Chairman Jeff Bingaman is retiring)

House of Representatives

 

 

Timothy Bishop, D-NY-1

Response

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

John Boehner, R-OH-8

Declined

Speaker of the House

Scott Garrett, R-NJ-5

No Response

Vice Chair, Committee on the Budget (Chair Paul Ryan is the Republican vice presidential candidate)

Bob Gibbs, R-OH-18

 No Response

Chair, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Ralph Hall, R-TX-4

Response

Chair, Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Doc Hastings, R-WA-4

No Response

Chair, Committee on Natural Resources

Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX-30

No Response

Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Frank Lucas, R-OK-3

No Response

Chair, Committee on Agriculture; Member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Edward J. Markey, D-MA-7

No Response

Ranking Member, Committee on Natural Resources

John Mica, R-FL-7

Response

Chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Nancy Pelosi, D-CA-8

Response

House Minority Leader

Collin Peterson, D-MN-7

 Declined

Ranking Member, Agriculture Committee

Nick Rahall, D-WV-3

No Response

Ranking Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Fred Upton, R-MI-6

No Response

Chair, Committee on Energy and Commerce

Chris Van Hollen, D-MD-8

Response

Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Henry Waxman, D-CA-30

Response

Ranking Member, Energy and Commerce Committee