Republican presidential candidate Willard (“Mitt”) Romney is now a climate change denialist. Speaking at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Romney reversed his earlier stance on greenhouse gas pollution and rejected human-caused global warming. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney presided over plans to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. He also supported cap and trade, originally a Republican idea that is now opposed by the GOP.
Question: What is your position on man-made global warming and would you reject legislation, such as cap and trade, which is based on the idea of man-made global warming?
Romney: …My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.
…Oil has been discovered in North Dakota. I’m told that the discoveries in North Dakota suggest that we have oil there which will exceed what we found in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska.
So we have massive energy resources. Let’s grant the permits to let the drillers start drilling and provide those resources in America.
DRILL BABY DRILL! By my count, that leaves Jon Huntsman as the only GOP presidential candidate who remains a member of the reality-based community.
Video and transcript from New Hampshire Primary 2012: Green.
Shawn Otto points out that the Obama administration isn’t much better than the Republicans when it comes to energy policy.
Running strong on climate change in 2008, [Obama] has since totally de-prioritized it, apparently marginalizing his scientist appointees like Chu, Holdren and Lubchenco, all of them outspoken on climate change, and now appears to be moving ahead with offshore oil drilling, lower air pollution standards, poor carbon standards, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Our political system has failed on so many fronts. Climate change policy may turn out to be the worst failure of all.
Romney suddenly morphs into a climate change skeptic