Fully fund the National Science Foundation for FY 2012
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Fully fund the National Science Foundation for FY 2012

    1. Petition by

      Ethan Siegel

Research and related activities in basic science is the pillar of advancement in our society. Without fully funding the National Science Foundation's request for the 2012 fiscal year, we are destroying our long-term prospects for success in order to save a paltry amount of money -- not even one billion dollars -- in the extremely short term.

Although my primary interest is in the cuts for astronomy and the physical sciences (read more here: http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/12/are_we_trading_away_the_educat.php), the short-sighted, unscrupulous cuts to the NSF affect us all, and should be reversed immediately. Please fund the National Science Foundation's Research and Related Activities fully and without delay.

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    • Marlin Tanner TUCSON, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      The last time the west stopped doing basic research we call that the DARK AGES. So much is done with so little.

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    • David beverly CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I'm tired of spending more money on a handful of planes designed (and used) to kill people rather than money spend on funding that provides the seeds for knowledge to flourish.

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    • Terry Bollinger ASHBURN, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The NSF is one of our most critical investments in the future, and one that needs and deserve continuity. It is also one of the best bargains around, since for a very minute fraction of the cost of the operating out federal government it allows our nation to explore futures that someday may become just as critical to society as have other once "small" areas of research. But more immediately and more importantly, it is institutions like NSF that help us to avoid the trap of looking only inward, and instead start looking outwards to what we could be. For that, NSF support of "non-practical" programs such as astronomy are probably the most important investment of all. If our society stops stop looking at the universe as a place of new horizons and expanding possibilities, we will instead start looking inward and start thinking only about the how others have harmed us. There is a cost to society in that kind of thinking that is orders of magnitude higher than the minute fraction of our resources we spend on astronomy and other far-looking forms of NSF research.

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    • Nova Casterlin LITTLE CANADA, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      By continuing to fund science we not only save ourselves, we'll help future generations. Many medical technologies that help save lives today, specifically imaging technologies, have been developed via the physical sciences. And to ignore astronomy is to cut ourselves off from our very origins. We are all made of the remnants of stars.

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    • Helen Krummenacker SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Science is vital to the future of our nation.

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