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
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.