Last night, Obama gave his final State of the Union (SOTU) address. As one would expect, there was a lot of discussion about the economy and national security, but Obama also made sure to bring up scientific topics as well! YAY! Here are some highlights:
-Obama announced that VP Joe Biden will spearhead an initiative to cure cancer. We all know that cancer is not just ONE thing that can be cured, but it’s nice to have people in the Oval office concerned with battling this deadly disease. Here’s Biden’s current “moonshot to cure cancer”
-Obama also pushed for solar and other renewable forms of energy while also alluding to penalizing the use of fossil fuels. Climate ftw!
-Also on the climate front, Obama again solidified his stance on climate change
“If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it,” stated President Obama. “You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.”
-Obama also commented that he will be pushing congress to fund efforts to end HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
-You can’t discuss scientific topics without bringing up Space! Obama referenced recent efforts of private spaceflight (for example, SpaceX) and also asked to reignite the spirit of innovation in America. It’s been almost 50 years since we’ve been on the moon, after all.
It’s always nice to see science in politics, and we are especially excited that Obama always has scientific research, development, and innovation on his agenda. To see the complete list of science topics in the SOTU, check out the list at Popular Science.