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ACS Lays Out Its Policy Recommendations for Lawmakers
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced its policy priorities for 2019. It states, “ACS is committed to advancing policies designed to ensure a robust U.S. innovation ecosystem that sustainably grows our economy and creates jobs, while also promoting scientific advancement globally.” The following are the five categories comprising its policy recommendations to Congress and the presidential administration:
- Ensure a Robust Scientific Enterprise—“ACS urges policymakers to invest in long-term economic growth by supporting scientific research and development critical to our nation’s global competitiveness, defense, public health, energy security and environmental progress.”
- Support Higher Education Research Opportunities—“Sustained investment in high-quality teacher training programs both strengthen a diverse teacher pipeline and prepare students for STEM education and career pathways across all backgrounds.”
- Protect Freedom of International Scientific Exchange—“ACS strongly supports the ability of scientists to operate without barriers, impediments, or restrictions to travel in the pursuit of scientific collaboration and meaningful discourse.”
- Promote Sustainability across the Global Chemical Enterprise and Environment—“ACS strongly urges policymakers to take action to address the changing climate. The physical and atmospheric chemistry underlying anthropogenic global warming is robust and well-established, and action is necessary to mitigate and adapt to greenhouse gas emissions.”
- Ensure the Integrity of Science in Policy and Regulatory Decision Making—“Policymakers need access to the best available science to ensure the widest area of choices and outcomes. ACS strongly believes science works best when free of political interference. The Society encourages the development of scientific integrity policies to ensure science is comprehensive, transparent and unbiased.”
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