With November 8th knocking on our door, there are still certain aspects concerning the position of both presidential candidates on scientific matters. While gallons of ink were consumed when reporting about Trump’s disbelief in climate change, there are still other ongoing scientific projects in our country, most of them being in dire need of funding. So, where do the candidates stand on scientific matters?
The Republican candidate’s opinion about climate change seems to be rather constant, although during a recent debate he denied his claims that the notion was invented by the Chinese government.
Leaving climate change aside, the GOP member has stated some interesting facts about his future involvement in the scientific world, if he gets elected.
Donald Trump declared that he knows the United States needs to have a working space program, and our engineers and scientists must receive proper funding to revolutionize their fields of choice, thus maintaining America’s reputation as the country of innovation.
“In a time of limited resources, one must ensure that the nation is getting the greatest bang for the buck,” Trump declared.
Moreover, the Republican wants to make Americans feel “safer and better,” so maybe he will divert more funds to independent researchers who base their work on grants.
His plan is to reduce taxes for all income levels, provide a more child care credit, and eliminate the current estate tax. While it does sound good, the consequences of such actions imply that the federal budget will have significantly fewer funds to distribute to those in need of monetary support.
The Democrat nominee plans on closing corporate loopholes and increase taxes for the two percent. While talking about her plans with the health and scientific departments she detailed a proposition for increasing funds for Alzheimer’s research and supplement the budget of the National Institutes of Health.
“I share the concerns of the science and technology community, including many in the industry, that the United States is underinvesting in research,” Clinton said during a debate.
Conclusions on the Trump and Clinton Scientific Stands
The main difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is their position on climate change. While Trump is advocating for the US to leave the Paris Accords, Clinton made it clear in her acceptance speech that she “believes in science” and a cleaner America.
Both candidates showed that they are ready to invest in the future scientific endeavors of the United States, both having their eye on NASA and better healthcare.
In the end, it all comes right back to climate change and the provisions of the Paris Accords. The Democrat candidate plans on making sure that the US will benefit from cleaner energy, while the GOP nominee believes that good old American industry must remain unharmed, lots of factories and workplaces being affected by the stricter environmental regulations that come with the participation in the Paris Accords.
November 8th is just around the corner, so we only have to wait and see in which direction we will go. One thing is for sure, both Trump and Clinton promised more substantial grants for scientists.
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