Science Debate 2008 movement picks up key leaders

Science Debate 2008 is a nonpartisan effort to promote a public discussion of science and technology policy in the coming U.S. Presidential election.

Supported by numerous university presidents and Nobel Laureates, and other scientific leaders, the effort appears to have reached viability with the announcement of its co-chairs, two congressmen from different political parties.

According to the effort’s latest news release, Vern Ehlers, R-MI, and Rush Holt, D-NJ, both scientists, have agreed to co-chair the non-partisan initiative, called ScienceDebate2008.com, whose signers also include fourteen Nobel laureates, several university presidents, other congresspersons of both parties, the president of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists, and the heads of several of America‚Äôs major science organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Because this is a grass-roots effort, you are invited to add your name to the list of supporters at the ScienceDebate 2008 website.

It’s time for the United States to reassert its leadership in science and technology, and having Presidential candidates discuss their policies in a public forum is a potent way to show the world the power of our democracy.

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