Upon last night's opening of the giant pep rally known as the Democratic National Convention, Democrats formally approved their linkurl:platform,;http://www.demconvention.com/assets/downloads/2008-Democratic-Platform-by-Cmte-08-13-08.pdf pledging to double federal funding of basic science research, lift the ban on funding embryonic stem cell research, and make the R&D tax credit permanent. The platform makes these promises against the backdrop of the current Administration's linkurl:treatment;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/24892/ of science policy. "We will end the Bush Administration's war on science, restore scientific integrity, and return to evidence-based decision-making," the platform reads. "Research should be based on science, not ideology." In addition to proposing increased funding to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute, the platform outlines several party plans regarding science and the environment; supporting women in math and science, investing in higher education by creating a $4,000 tax credit for incoming college students, combating climate change by instituting a carbon emission limiting...

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