Whether you're PRObama, NObama, or still undecided, 52 Reasons to Vote for Obama gives you all the information you need to share with friends, debate with relatives and decide for yourself as we head toward one of the most important elections of our lifetime. I'll post a new reason in random order every Monday through Friday from now 'til the election.
I'm a Christian, and I believe in parents being able to provide children with religious instruction without interference from the state. But I also believe our schools are there to teach worldly knowledge and science. I believe in evolution, and I believe there's a difference between science and faith. That doesn't make faith any less important than science. It just means they're two different things. And I think it's a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don't hold up to scientific inquiry. -- President Barack Obama
Amazing that in 2012 we are still having this debate, but Yes, Virginia, Science is real.
Fortunately, Obama can differentiate between science and religion, and understands the need to strengthen "America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation."
On the other hand, Mitt Romney and many Republicans have compromised their principles and their beliefs in a hypocritical and crass attempt to pander and placate the increasingly intolerant religious right.
This antiscience attack has serious implications, particularly on issues such as education, global warming and medical research.
Early in his administration, Obama launched the Educate to Innovate campaign to help move U.S. students from mediocre ratings internationally in science and math achievement to the head of the class during the next decade. The effort includes $260 million in partnerships involving the federal government, companies, foundations, nonprofits, universities, and science and engineering societies to prepare more than 10,000 new math and science teachers and train more than 100,000 current teachers.
Mitt Romney has loudly proclaimed his doubts about global warming science, saying, "My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet." Of course, that was only a few months after he said, "I believe the world is getting warmer... I believe that humans contribute to that." So, in fact, we really don't know what Mitt Romney truly believes about the causes of global warming.
In contrast, Barack Obama has always been very clear on his position, unequivocally stating when first running for president that "global warming is real, is happening now, and is the result of human activities." As president, Obama has actively fought against global warming by:
- Reengaging in the agreements and talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Pledging a 28 percent cut in federal greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
- Regulating greenhouse gases for large industrial sources.
- Establishing the first-ever greenhouse gas emission levels for passenger cars and light trucks.
Less than two months into his term, President Obama overturned Bush's ban limiting stem cell research. According to the UK newspaper the Telegraph, this decision helped lead to the first study "showing that cells derived from human embryonic stem cells can be transplanted safely into a patient, with no sign of complications." In this case, two legally blind women "saw their vision improve in a matter of weeks after being given the embryo-derived cells in a U.S. safety trial."
President Obama included $5 billion in grants to fund innovative medical research in all fifty states as part of the Recovery Act. The more than twelve thousand grants will create tens of thousands of jobs, and it includes more than $1 billion to identify new gene-based treatments for cancer, heart disease and autism.
The Republican war on science has significant consequences for our children, our environment and our health. The triumph of science will create jobs, enhance our lives and better our world. The death of science will imperil our nation, limit our future, and cast us alongside backward theocracies like Iran.
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