Coturnix at Blog Around The Clock scored an exclusive interview with John Edwards, to talk about science. Here are some highlights:
I do believe that science is the key to innovation in the American economy, the key to improving our standard of living. We see the impact of science everyday--from biotechnology to smart bombs, from satellite Global Positioning Systems to the Internet.Got that?
The Office of Science and Technology Policy will play a central role when I'm president. We need to encourage science, and do it honestly and openly. It's unfortunate the Bush administration hasn't shared that view. The censorship and suppression of science on climate change, on air pollution, on stem cell research--all to advance a political agenda--is wrong. Policy should be science driven; science shouldn't be politics driven.
For example, I support reductions of carbon emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020, and reduce it by at least 80 percent by the year 2050--because that's what the science tells us we need to do. If we don't listen to the science--if we continue to ignore it, as this administration has done--the results will be catastrophic.
- Science is key to innovation in the economy.
- Policy should be science driven -- not politics driven.
- Reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, 80% by 2050
Not only does the Candidate touch on global warming, giving his typical detailed and thoughtful approach we've come to expect from John Edwards, but also discusses the space program, science education, health care as it relates to a pandemic or bio terror attack, agriculture and food production and safety, ethanol, insulating the scientific process from political expediency, and addressing "brain drain" from our nation as qualified researchers find better and more open opportunities to explore all emerging technologies overseas when they find roadblocks here.
One thing that was clear to me after reading over the interview, Edwards understands that we cannot remain the most technologically advanced nation on the planet if we deliberately shut down specific avenues of discovery to appease either vested corporate interests or superstitious ignorance.
And of course, is there a more clear signal that John Edwards appreciates the power of new technology than giving an exclusive interview to a blogger? Great Job Coturnix!