One Nobel Prize winner has picked up the endorsements of 68 others. President Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, today was endorsed for reelection by a long list of science laureates.
Obama "understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research that is the engine of our economy," the signers write. The list stretches from Donald Glaser, who won the physics prize in 1960, to 2012 chemistry laureates Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz. Many also signed a similar 2008 letter that endorsed Obama over Senator John McCain.
The letter does not refer to Mitt Romney, Obama's opponent this year, by name. But it criticizes Romney's support for budget proposals that "if implemented, would devastate a long tradition of support for public research and investment in science." And it charges that Romney has "taken positions that privilege ideology over clear scientific evidence on climate change." Romney has said that humans contribute to climate change, but has called for more study and been skeptical of government action to address the issue.
Kenneth Chang of The New York Times was the first to report on the release of the letter.