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Romney Speaks Sense on Climate Change

June 5, 2011

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney “reaffirmed his view that global warming is occurring and that humans are contributing to it.” In response to a question at a New Hampshire town hall, Romney said:

“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that . . . so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.’’

It’s great to see a Republican standing up against the ignorance of their party, especially a politician as prominent as Romney. As evidence of global warming as continued to grow, Americans’ concern about the issue has dropped, likely because of the recession, and the political debate has shifted in response. During the 2008 campaign, McCain was trying to be more environmental than Obama and Hillary and believed that global warming was an issue that needed to be addressed. Now, the non-existence of global warming is Republican dogma and, as the Globe article relates, other Republican presidential candidates (Gingrich and Pawlenty) are walking back past comments saying that global warming is real. Considering that only 31% of Republicans worry a great deal or fair amount about global warming, Romney’s stance is a definite risk and, given his comfort with flip-flopping, I’m surprised he’s sticking with it. It would be beneficial for Romney if he made it past the primary but that’s a big if, especially since his opponents will have this to use against him. Even if Romney’s policy prescription (basically efficiency, natural gas and nuclear) doesn’t go far enough, it’s encouraging that a conservative is speaking sense about climate change.

(Hat tip: Legal Planet)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. padiofarty permalink
    June 5, 2011 9:28 pm

    Absolutely marvelous – so your suggestion is that, yet again we are supposed to follow the “I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer” Al Goer type line.

    I read that Santa Claus is real – I hear CNN’s Anderosn Cooper telling me a load of old crap which he often wraps up in “a source close to me says……….”

    Perhaps you would be better off doing some of your own investigations – looking at all the evidence and on both sides of the debate and not just whatever happens to be politcally correct on any given day?

    FOR EXAMPLE:

    – The world is getting warmer in comparison to what?

    – Are we in fact still living in what is scientifically termed an Ice Age and how does your investigation into those facts slew your opinions

    – Investigate Middle Ages Global Temperatures and consider that impact on your beliefs, looked at from both sides of the coin (http://muller.lbl.gov/TRessays/23-Medievalglobalwarming.html)

    Perhaos once you have made some reasonable investigation (both sides of the coin) your belief / support on Politcal Candidates might be better based rather than simply “liking” a candidate based on the current politically correct flavour of the month “Belief”

    Just a thought old chum !!

  2. Somerset permalink*
    June 5, 2011 10:38 pm

    The world is getting warmer in comparison to the 1850’s when records of global temperature began being kept. 9 of the 10 hottest years on record were in the past 10 years, the other being 1998. (http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/12/climate_change)

    NASA has some more evidence here, including receding glaciers/ice caps, ocean warming and acidification, and sea level rise: http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

  3. padiofarty permalink
    June 6, 2011 1:38 am

    Of course the bloody ice caps are melting – we arein an Ice Age – an Ice Age that is in its “warm” period.

    I think evloution has now been accepted as a proven fact – how people have come to the conclusion that “we” have it in our power to reverse this natural phenomona is beyond me.

    Im waiting for aome wag to claim a connection between cigarette smoke and Tsunamis next.

    If we were really interested in alternative energies we would force our governments to spend our money and our world resources readily available to build vast numbers of solar and wind and wave plants all over the globe – unfortunately we are more concerned about other far more important things like the spending of trillions of dollars on sorting out middle east problems so we can continue the extraction of oil that western politicians tell you is not the reason for our going to war = apparently we are there to make sure that pretty little girls get the chance to go to school.

    “Mitt Romney cant prove but believes in………..”

    And I bet you’ll be the first up there waving your little stars and stripes flag and signing “yee haa” when he comes on stage even though you havent got a fucking clue what old Mitt is really all about.

    Do me a favour mate!

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