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Scientists Spell Out Their Agenda for President-Elect November 5, 2008

Posted by Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Commentary.
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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), allies of the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy, proposes a three-point program for newly elected President Barack Obama. The organization urges the president-elect to make these issues a priority for his administration:

* building a clean-energy economy, by investing $150 billion in alternative energy sources over the next ten years; implementing strong emissions reductions; and getting the U.S. back at the head of international climate negotiations;

* freeing the world from the threat of nuclear weapons, by extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty before it expires next year; ending plans for a new generation of nuclear weapons for the missile defense system in Eastern Europe; and working with Congress to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty;

* restoring scientific integrity in the U.S. government.

The Center for Inquiry has been especially involved in protecting and promoting scientific integrity, and we’ll continue to work with UCS and with Congressional committees. Check out on this blog “Science Board Advises Caution on BPA” and “Freedom to Speak in Government Agencies.”

For in-depth discussions of OPP’s position on scientific integrity, go to our website, http:/centerforinquiry.net/opp and click on “Position Papers.” You’ll find two papers on “Protecting Scientific Integrity” authored by Ronald Lindsay, Derek Araujo, and Daniel Horowitz.

As the UCS says in its message to members and supporters, it won’t be easy to implement a positive scientific agenda, but this is a moment of “enormous opportunity” that we can’t let pass without action.

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