Speak Up for Science Funding

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Science  09 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6108, pp. 722
DOI: 10.1126/science.1232218

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The U.S. elections are over, and sitting policy-makers must turn their attention urgently to the “fiscal cliff,” a perfect storm of budget landmines laid by Congress and two administrations that threaten to go into effect in early January. Congress and the president must rapidly make hugely important decisions about the debt limit, the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts, and possible draconian across-the-board budget cuts in defense and nondefense accounts known as “sequestration.” Business leaders and other interests are rallying to force action, alarmed that cuts will be directed at them. Those not heard from will probably have the most to lose. It is simply not enough that scientific societies and advocacy organizations speak up. It is essential that every member of the science and engineering community personally convey to policy-makers and the U.S. public the great importance of strong science funding to the future of the country.