Yesterday President Obama delivered an address to the National Academy of Sciences. I am a strong believer in the critical importance of science and technology as a means of improving the average quality of life in our world and it was refreshing to hear from a president who believes the same. Here are a few snippets:
At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science. That support for research is somehow a luxury at a moment defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been.
we are restoring science to its rightful place ... Under my administration, the days of science taking a
back seat to ideology are over. Our progress as a nation – and our values as a nation – are rooted in free and open inquiry. To undermine scientific integrity is to undermine our democracy.
The streamgraph below was created fom the complete text of the speech. Click on it to see a high resolution PDF version.