No Apologies From Mitt Romney For Globull Warming Stance
Mitt Romney is, in my estimation, a great candidate, and perhaps the best one to defeat Obama in the 2012 general election. While he certainly has several squishy Conservative positions, he also has excellent experience as both a business executive and as a political executive. He will appeal easily to the moderate and middle ground voters, as well as sort-of-liberals who usually vote Democrat, but switch now and then. And Blue Dog Dem voters. Alas, he does have this issue of his globull warming belief gnawing away at his popularity, which I mentioned on June 4th. And now Romney: No apologies on global warming stance
Mitt Romney won’t be doing any apology tours on climate change.
The early GOP presidential front-runner has broken with his party’s conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions.
But the former Massachusetts governor is also quick to trash cap and trade, carbon taxes and other controversial policies that have been kicked around over the last decade in Washington.
In a sense, Romney’s initial global warming stance sounds a lot like that of former President George W. Bush, who during his two terms reluctantly accepted climate (hoax) science while fighting Democrats and environmentalists over what to do about it.
That’s it, he’s toast.
Romney’s critics got their opening last Friday when he responded to a climate question during a town hall meeting in Manchester, N.H.
“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” Romney said. “I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer.
“No. 2, I believe that humans contribute to that,” he continued. “I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know there’s been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past, but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases, that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and global warming that you’re seeing.”
Toast on fire….hey, wait, that mirrors my beliefs to a small degree, and I’ve been following this issue since the early 1990’s, having started as a True Believer. I do believe that Mankind bears some small part, perhaps 10-15%, of the blame for globull warming, mostly due to agriculture and landfills, which release methane, a considerably more potent GHG than CO2. Not much we can do about agriculture, but, we can work to limit releases from landfills. After that, a good chunk of the perceived warming comes from the Urban Heat Island Affect and changes to localized weather patterns, such as due to deforestation around Mt. Kilimanjaro. But, most of the real warming is natural.
Mitt’s idea that “there’s been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past” just shows that Mitt hasn’t actually spent time learning the truth of climate history. That all said, Mitt does seem heavily reluctant to enact legislation that actually Does Something about GHG output. He knows they would a) be economy killers and b) no work, as evidenced by Kyoto and all the other globull warming legislation, both here in states like Brokeafornia, er, California, and around the world.
I’ve written Team Romney multiple times, asking just how much Mitt thinks Mankind’s contributions are, along with some other pointed questions. No answer as of yet.