Call it a presidential game of 20 questions: The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates recently answered a slew of questions about science-related issues, offering a glimpse of their stances on everything from vaccinations to climate change to the country’s growing opioid problem. ScienceDebate, a coalition of 56 leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, called on the candidates to give their stance on top science, engineering, technology, health and environmental questions facing the country. In their responses, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump touched on specific government programs and spending priorities, but the candidates diverged wildly on approaches to science policy. [ Democratic Party Platform: We Fact-Checked the Science ] Climate change, in particular, was a hot-button issue. A warming planet Clinton said the science of climate change is “crystal clear” and the issue is “an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time.” The Democratic candidate outlined her plan to address the issue, which focused on making America “the clean-energy superpower of the 21st century.” A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that human activities are contributing to rapid climate change , and scientists have warned that if the gradual heating of… Read full this story
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