Apparently Hilary Clinton is the only presidential candidate who has taken a public stand on space-related issues. In a terrifically-helpful rundown of candidates' sci/tech policies from Popular Mechanics, Clinton was the only one to comment on the space program. She promised to renew NASA's R&D funding, prep for more human space flights, and maintain NASA's extensive network of Earth Science-related satellites for measuring the progress of climate change. But she also shared one interesting science policy promise with another Democratic front runner.
Like John Edwards, Clinton promised to give the White House Science Adviser direct access to the President once again. This is huge: for eight years, no top science adviser has had the ear of the Commander in Chief. Not surprisingly, the Republican candidates are following in Bush's footsteps and showing little interest in elevating the science adviser again, or in forging close ties with the scientific community.
Also not surprisingly, candidates' science policies were at their most elaborate and promisey when they talked about climate change issues — a popular topic with broad appeal. Every single candidate promised to invest more in "clean energy" or "alternative energy." For Clinton, this meant working hard to get in line with Kyoto and post-Kyoto protocols. For Giuliani, this meant investing in more nuclear power plants. Hey, nukes are clean energy! Just be sure to keep a lot of boron around in case of meltdown.
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