Skip to comments.Do voters know Romney’s views on Global Warming?
Posted on 04/23/2012 5:52:59 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
Early on in the 2012 campaign Mitt Romney expressed support for global warming in various ways, the typical comment being this: I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. He holds this belief despite the growing body of evidence that global warming theory is based upon false assumptions and despite the last two winters being among the coldest in recent history. Romney has also called for the Federal government to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, which is code, of course, for creating massive new government programs despite Americas air quality being among the cleanest in the world.
While Ann Coulter and other Romneyzoids claim Romney is a conservative, Romney has held liberal views on global warming going back a decade, with the exception of a few months during the 08 campaign in which he attacked Sen. John McCain on this issue. But Coulter also insists that Romney has only flip-flopped on abortion so were not supposed to know about this.
Yes, indeed, many voters seem to be unaware of that Romney ran for Governor on a global warming platform, invoking a variety of programs to address the issue. In 2004, Governor Romney initiated the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan, a massive regulatory scheme attacked by just about every New England free market group due to the harmful effects it would have upon the states economy.
This plan morphed into a much larger regional plan called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), that Romney and ten other liberal Northeastern governors signed. The pact was actually organized and written by Romney staff members. The goal of the pact was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent by 2019. It assumed, of course, that global warming theory was scientific fact and to carry it out its wide-ranging dictates, Romney hired Douglas Foy, a radical environmental activist.
Foys claim to fame was his notoriety for suing businesses for not complying with various draconian environmental regulations. Not surprisingly, RGGI was a disaster from day one and created such economic uncertainty that businesses began to flee the state. Indeed, the job creation record of Gov. Romney became the second worst in the country, another little known fact about the Romney record. Nevertheless, against all evidence, Romney announced that the RGGI was good for business, a statement which sounds eerily similar to Obamas statements about alternative fuels being good for business.
As a result of the negative economic impact and a pressure campaign mounted by the business community, Romney eventually did pull out of the RGGI. However, shortly after quitting the regional global warming pact, Romney initiated new state regulations that essentially did the same thing RGGI was planning to do: a series of damaging emission regulations targeted at power plants.
In an actual Romney administration press release in possession of this writer, Romney boasts that Massachusetts is the first and only state to set CO2 emissions limits on power plants. Another historic first by Mitt Romney! Romney did more than any Democrat governor to dramatically advance three of the lefts more important policies: Cap-and-Trade, gay marriage, and government control of health care. Congrats Mitt.
Incredibly, in preparations for these regulations, Romney proceeded to demonize the power plants, even claiming, the Salem Harbor Plant is responsible for 53 premature deaths, 570 emergency room visits and 14,400 asthma attacks each year. It turned out these were phony stats borrowed right out of extremist environmental propaganda. Moreover, the stats were based upon a theoretical model created by the American Cancer Society that had nothing to do with the Salem Harbor plant. Even though zero deaths were associated with this power plant, Romney held a press conference in front of it, and with all his extremist environmentalist friends present, recited these phony statistics while hysterically announcing, that plant kills people.
Bear in mind Salem Harbor was a legal power plant in full compliance with the law in every respect. Due to the impact Romneys regulations had upon energy rates, the Salem Harbor power plant filed for bankruptcy two years later but was then purchased by Dominion Power. Foy later became a super-secretary in the Romney administration, responsible for overseeing the transportation, housing, environmental and energy agencies.
One of the most irresponsible treaties even proposed by the United Nations is the Kyoto Accord, which was an attempt to place draconian caps on energy emissions worldwide in the name of combating global warming. This goal remains one of the top goals of the international left. When Romney became a presidential candidate in 2007, his campaign website stated that a Kyoto-style sweeping mandate, imposed unilaterally in the United States, would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the direct developing nations.
But this statement was the height of hypocrisy since the RGGI was essentially a mini version of the Kyoto accord. Moreover, Romney even contradicted this statement a short time later when he stated in a speech, now on You Tube, that he would support the Kyoto Accord, as long as the other developing nations are part of any effort to reduce Green house gases. Elsewhere, Romney again stressed that if you do it unilaterally, [referring to Kyoto treaty], without involving all the world, youd impose on the American people a huge new effective tax . So, in Romneys worldview, the Kyoto Accord, along with its huge new effective tax on the American people is fine, as long as we involve all the world.
But thats not all. One of the key elements of the Kyoto Accord is its funding mechanism that would involve a worldwide carbon tax. When asked at a May 2007 speech in Rochester about whether he would support such a tax, Romney responded, Carbon tax? Thats something were looking into. Youve got to be kidding. Hes not even sure of his position on a carbon tax? But now Romney campaigns as an anti-tax warrior.
Incredibly, during the 2008 campaign Romney attacked Sen. John McCain for favoring a Cap- and-Trade program, even stating on Fox News that the McCain-Lieberman [climate change bill] would depress the economy and in the New York Times, he said that McCains views [on climate change] are outside the mainstream of Republican conservative thought. But Romneys role in creating both a regional and state Cap-and-Trade program and his support of the Kyoto Accord, not to mention his recent statements in support of global warming theory, make a mockery of his criticism of McCain. It is clear Romney was attempting to portray himself as something he wasnt. Once again, Romney has flipped-flopped on a critical issue confirming he doesnt possess any core convictions. The only question is what job will Douglas Foy get should Romney win the White House? EPA director?
Does Romney know Romney’s views on Global Warning?
I figured Obama’s tag team buddy Romney would be a warmer (aka, climate changer).
Off topic question: Has anyone heard anything from Romney on his foreign policy views? I swear, I have not heard one iota about Romney’s foreign policy views in all these last several months. Any idea on his stance on Israel, Muslim supremacists, Iran, China, Russia?
"I dont speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the worlds getting warmer. I cant prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that."
- Mitt Romney
Well,...there is alot of propaganda to read from the usual suspects.
He says he's for it.
That's a relief.
Ocean "acidification" is the other great bogeyman, but it occurs naturally at much greater magnitudes than human caused without harmful effects. Once Romney has locked the primary he will yabber something about ocean acidification. He will try to outdo Obama's white guilt election strategy with his own American guilt global warming strategy. Many of the proponents of global warming are non-Americans and quite a few hate America.
It depends on when in the space-time continuum you ask him.
I’ll have to give him one for that since 0bungles doesn’t seem to be. lol
Romney`s position on global warming is directly related to what day of the week it is.
We knew Romney was bad, We know he isn’t a Conservative, we knew the DNC would throw crap on him like never before. We know he created Obamacare, we know he is pro homosexual we know all of these things,but we also know what a horrible piece of garbage now sits in the oval office.
I hate just hate to have to vote for Romney, but from where I stand they cannot toss enough crap on him to make me stay home and let Obama destroy my country.
I like the sub-article at the top... “Beyond Detente: Why We Can’t Beat the Soviets”.