Science Debate 2008
Over the last several days heavy hitters like Intel Chairman Craig Barrett and former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala have signed on, as have numerous universities, including Stanford, Georgia Tech, Cornell, and several others.
Yesterday, Earth & Sky Radio began running this interview (http://www.earthsky.org/clear-voices/52221/shawn-lawrence-otto-on-science-debate-2008
) with one of our organizers around the nation.
But the big news is we have invited the candidates (http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=21)
And we've issued a press release http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=21
. The debate is set for April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. That's four days before the Pennsylvania Primary. The New York Times, (http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/science-debate-is-set-now-will-candidates-come/#more-165
) and others have picked up the story.
In fact, just about the only people we haven't heard from are the campaigns. If you have contacts at the Clinton, Huckabee, McCain or Obama campaigns, please urge them to accept.
Please tell them this is a mainstream concern about the big policy challenges the next president and our nation are facing. We are doing this for the good of our nation, and we hope those who would lead it take the future of the American economy and job security seriously enough to come to Philadelphia. We hope they take having a discussion with American voters about climate change seriously enough to come to Philadelphia. We hope they realize that we as American innovators, business leaders, scientists and thought leaders, and as over 100 leading American universities and organizations, that we care about our nation's investments in science and math education, that we care about our broken healthcare system and our declining investments in basic research, that we care about scientific integrity, about clean energy, about the future of the oceans and about the biodiversity that secures life on our planet, that these are not arcane, quirky science questions, they are questions about American jobs, about the health of our families and businesses, about our children and the future of the planet, and we hope that those who would lead us them seriously enough to come to Philadelphia.