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Who is the most science friendly president?

Which two of these four presidents are known to be science friendly?
Which two of these four presidents are known to be science friendly?
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In honor of President's Day, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has been running an awareness campaign on science and the environment that actively solicits the participation of the general public. The UCS campaign identified eight science-friendly presidents and invited the public to vote online to see who is most deserving of the title as, "The Most Science Friendly President."

"We believe that, collectively, these eight presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, and George H.W. Bush — have secured a legacy of discoveries, inventions, science agencies, and science-based policies that Americans continue to benefit from today," wrote the UCS in announcing their choices for the Elite Eight.

Similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament bracket, the UCS seeded president against president to see who is most deserving of the science friendly title. The first round match-ups consisted of: Lincoln vs Eisenhower; Kennedy vs Nixon; Jefferson vs Carter and; Teddy Roosevelt vs George H.W. Bush.

Running record against record, legacy versus legacy, the victors in round one moving on to the Final Four are: Carter vs Lincoln and; Nixon vs Roosevelt.

Jimmy "The Engineer" Carter puts his creation of the Department of Energy against Abraham "The Inventor" Lincoln's establishment of the Department of Agriculture in one semi-final.

The creator of the EPA, Richard "Clean Air" Nixon goes toe-to-toe with Theodore "The Naturalist" Roosevelt's record of creating five national parks and 150 national forests in the other semi-final.

Who will emerge victorious and move on to the final round? That is up to the voting public and the polls are still open to cast your semi-final ballot!

Of the Final Four who do you think deserves to be known as, The Most Science Friendly President?

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