Does Mitt Romney believe in climate change? Not any more…

  • Published on August 25th, 2011

Mitt Romney had been one of the few sane GOP Presidential candidates on the subject of climate change. In fact, only one other – ex-Utah Governor John Huntsman – acknowledged climate change was real and human-caused.

Not any more. Mitt the Flipper has fallen from the high ground and into the mire of the melting permafrost.

Back in June:

I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. […] And 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 global warming that you’re seeing. (See also: Mitt Romney acknowledges climate change is real)

Mitt Romney yesterday:

“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.””What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”

Poor Mitt. He could LEARN the answer… but it probably wouldn’t play well with the Tea-Party base. Mitt’s problem is – he’s NEVER going to play well with the Tea Party base.

He once had a shot at appealing to the great sensible middle… but it appears he’s selling his soul to a bunch of folks who will never give him the time of day. Appealing to the rabid side of the GOP worked for the Bushes (Sr. and Jr.), but they were “from” Texas (by way of Yale, Andover and Harvard) who could at least act like good ol’ boys. And those were very different times.

(via Jed Lewison)

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.
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  • Me

    Ummm, I really don’t think humans can affect the climate more than the sun can.

    CO2 being a problem? I thought it was plant food.

    Oh yeah, methane is the REAL problem (then why don’t you just say it instead of pretending CO2 is going to destroy our environment) Lies lies and more lies. I have yet to see any one thing that solidly backs up these massive claims that if erroneous have the potential for devastating our entire economy and very well may be the overall exact intent of the “eco-friendly-sustainable developement-worship Gaia-dehumanization movement”. I know there are many people who may be very sincere about their beliefs but they do not have the facts behind them. If anyone is guilty of destroying the environment, it would be the exact people who are pretending to be concerned about it.

    People are just evolved animals and can be eliminated when necessary. We are killing the environment they say. We are useless eaters they say. We cannot make our own decisions wisely they say. We must protect them from themselves they say. So destroy all economic progress, destroy the family, place Mother Earth as top priority over man and worship nature. This will solve everyone’s problems they say

    If we are really concerned about climate change (environmental poisoning would be much more accurate), than we should really be concerned about private property rights.

    Supporting anti-business, anti-progress, anti-life measures like Cap and Trade, Agenda 21, disruptive environmental regulation that is always selectively enforced will only further enslave the population which will have the net effect of further destroying the entire environment and will do absolutely nothing to help anyone let alone the environment. This new energy-credit based technocracy will be the most brutal, the most pervasive, the most inescapble regime ever implemented and it will all be built through climate change-alien invasion fear mongering.

    Some global threat will come in at some point to “force” nations together into a NWO in order to survive. whatever that threat may be, the evidence for the preparation being made for its arrival on the scene is so pervasive, so obvious, so well documented that any person who has any sense of reality whatsoever cannot ignore it….is that threat climate change?

    Very well could be. But I guess, at least we don’t have to worry that an ice age will soon be upon us like those scientists thought 30-40 years or so ago, thank God we see so much clearer today than yersterday, and are so much smarter too

    • Jeremy Bloom

      Wow. This is just all over the map of “wrong”.
      Creating a better economy – one that looks forward instead of backward – isn’t going to destroy anybody. Even the oil and coal companies will continue to make massive profits.
      And if you guys don’t want other people telling you what to think, what to buy and how to live your life – why do you always jump whenever the oil and coal barons tell you to? And parrot their (false) talking points?

  • Climate Change Facts:
    – 25 years of wrong predictions
    – All privately funded research is denial.
    -All privately funded research studies causes.
    -Almost all publicly funded research is believer.
    -Almost all publicly funded research studies effects, instead of causes.
    -Science gave us pesticides, germ warfare, deep sea drilling technology, cruise missiles and Y2Kyoto and they can’t be trusted.
    -Every single consensus scientist has a different opinion of what the effects would be.
    -Every single science organization has a different opinion of what the effects would be.
    -There are tropical fossils under the “melting” ice and on every continent.
    -Obama didn’t mention the “crisis” in his February State of the Union Address.
    -Thousands of consensus scientists gave no response when Obama bailed on them.
    -Thousands of consensus scientists vastly outnumber climate change protesters.
    – Thousands of consensus scientists refuse to march en mass with the protesters and refuse to ACT like it is the emergency they said it was.
    -Climate change wasn’t sustainability or pollution. It was a specific 25 year old CO2 death threat to billions of children
    -Climate change was a tragic exaggeration.
    -REAL planet lovers are happy a crisis was avoided.
    -The new denier is anyone who still thinks there enough voters to vote YES to taxing the air to make the weather colder.

    • Jeremy Bloom

      Um… what?