President Obama made scientific advancement a key part of his State of the Union speech. Trace had his eyes glued to the television and gives us the science-centric highlights.Fred Guterl of Scientific American examined the content in more detail in Obama Takes Aim at Climate Change, Cyber Security
After a campaign that avoided climate change like the plague, President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union speech that put climate change on center stage. Early in the speech he encouraged law makers to revisit cap-and-trade as a way of tackling emissions of greenhouse gases.As I repeated in Science, climate, and energy in the Inaugural Address, President Obama really likes the idea of sustainable development packaged as making America competitive, and his State of the Union address reinforced that meme.
Obama peppered his State of the Union speech with references to several big science and technology issues. He called attention to the threat of cyber warfare and the need to protect the nation’s infrastructure from cyber attacks. Obama singled out the power grid, financial networks and air traffic control as being vulnerable to sabotage. Earlier in the day he signed an executive order to increase information sharing and set security standards, but on the podium he called on Congress to pass legislation “to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.”
Obama went out of his way several times to make jobs and national competitiveness into issues of science policy.