Our choices about how best to promote science or technology are very much ethical choices. What will produce the most benefit? What will cause the least harm? What will and will not count in our definitions of benefit and harm? Who decides?
These are all questions of ethics and they are all questions that we expect our elected leaders to answer. Although we face many specific scientific and technological challenges, there are several challenges that are fundamental to science in general. In the short term, we are in great need of clear advice informed by the best possible information and analysis.