Science writer/blogger Chris Mooney at The Intersection and others came up with a good idea that I signed on to — a statement supported by many distinguished scientists, and a bunch of semi-distinguished bloggers:
Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we, the undersigned, call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Medicine and Health, and Science and Technology Policy.
For more information, visit the ScienceDebate2008 website. You can also click the button pledging your support. It is a good idea … but something leads me to believe that one side of the political spectrum isn’t that interested in discussing science rationally.