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Romney Acknowledges Climate Change

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Posted on Jun 4, 2011
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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his stance on climate change Friday, recognizing that humans have contributed to global warming even though GOP leaders have typically disputed this scientifically supported concept. Romney took measures against climate change as governor of Massachusetts and covered the topic in his 2010 book “No Apology.” The fact that it’s news when a Republican accepts that our planet is undergoing a drastic, potentially catastrophic transformation shows just how far we are from addressing the crisis. —KDG

National Journal:

Even if it’s not a new position, Romney’s acknowledgment of man-made climate change is likely to stoke skepticism among conservatives who view him as too moderate. The view that humans are contributing to climate change is a highly controversial position within the GOP, with most conservatives fiercely disputing the notion that Earth is warming at all.

A National Journal analysis of GOP Senate nominees in 2010, for instance, found only one candidate in 21, now-Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, said he thought man was contributing to climate change.

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By IceNine, June 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

Lew Ciefer. Wow.

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By Lew Ciefer, June 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Does he wear those Mormon magic drawers? Which is more powerful; a clueless Mocha Savior or a magic drawers wearing Mormon?

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By Ben Donahower, June 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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I am always amazed that there are people who deny
climate change and that humans have an impact on
climate.

Virtually everyone who has seriously studied this
come to the same basic conclusion: that climate
change is happening that people have something to do
with it. 

Intelligent people can disagree to what extent people
are impacting climate change and what the impact that
it will have on our quality of life as people and on
the environment, but simply saying that you agree
with what nearly every climatologist knows to be true
is true doesn’t strike me as being radically Liberal
in the slightest or “too” moderate for Republicans.

While I don’t have the reference handy, it’s also my
understanding that a slight majority of rank and file
Republicans do agree that climate change is
happening, but not global warming for some odd reason
despite them both referencing the same concern.  I’m
sure, however, among Republican primary voters, the
edge goes to element of the Republican party that
doesn’t believe that climate change is happening.

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By IceNine, June 5, 2011 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Compared to his competition - the likes of Palin, Bachman, Giulianni, and Newt contract-with-America Gingrich, Romney seems rather sane. And, of course, boring. Boring will do him more harm with voters of every stripe than his actual stand on the issues.

I do wish that having backbone was a common denominator among Democratic candidates, at least. But loss of backbone seems to be pre-requisite to running for office, high or low. It doesn’t take ten fingers to count up those politicians who can still find true north, even with a compass in hand, once they are elected.

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By bmule, June 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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He’ll never win now.

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By ribbie149, June 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

It will take him about 15 minutes to recant this when
his opponents start using it against him.  This guy is
the king of the Panderers (Republican’ts).

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