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Romney Skeptical on Human Role in Climate - Critics think he's shifting to the right
Newser ^ | October 29, 2011 | John Johnson

Posted on 10/29/2011 8:50:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's views on global warming are back in the news. This week, he reaffirmed his skepticism about humans contributing to climate change. CBS News detects a "rightward shift" as the campaign goes on, and both Democrats and Rick Perry agree, notes CNN. Judge for yourself, as Politico rounds up some of his statements on the subject:

* Thursday: "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."

* August: "Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah, I don't know that, but I think that it is. I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans."

* June: "I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. ... I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know there's been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past, but I believe we contribute 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."

* His 2010 book No Apology: "I believe that climate change is occurring—the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2sides4romney; agw; allsides4romney; bothsides4romney; globalwarming; mittromney; perryastroturfing; romney; romney2012; skeptic

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1 posted on 10/29/2011 8:50:11 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Romney’s Troubling Appointments (Mitt's environmental policy team now works for Obama) …………….“"EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has taken most of the fire from Republicans as her agency rolls out a slew of controversial new climate and clean air rules. But McCarthy, the EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, has taken on much of the heavy lifting of writing, structuring, and implementing the rules.

“Lisa’s the coach and Gina’s the quarterback” in the work of rolling out new clean air regulations, said Daniel Weiss, an energy and climate policy expert at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. “She’s running the plays, improvising on the line.”

Another Romney environmental adviser in the effort to regulate “greenhouse gases” is now Obama’s Director of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren. Dr. Holdren has some exotic views: …………..

2 posted on 10/29/2011 8:50:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt Romney will say anything to get elected.


3 posted on 10/29/2011 8:52:23 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A politician is entitled to change his mind. But not to cynically negate his principles without sufficient good reason.


4 posted on 10/29/2011 8:54:13 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Clintonfatigued
EPA Official Was Romney’s ‘Green Quarterback’ ………………That puts Romney in an awkward position when it comes to his own moderate record on energy, the environment, and his common link with Obama’s EPA: Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air pollution official.

It also highlights the stark changes between the GOP of today and that of seven years ago, when Romney was governor, the science of climate change wasn’t such an inflammatory political issue, and Republicans and Democrats even worked together on global warming issues.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has taken most of the fire from Republicans as her agency rolls out a slew of controversial new climate and clean air rules. But McCarthy, the EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, has taken on much of the heavy lifting of writing, structuring, and implementing the rules.

“Lisa’s the coach and Gina’s the quarterback” in the work of rolling out new clean air regulations, said Daniel Weiss, an energy and climate policy expert at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. “She’s running the plays, improvising on the line.”

McCarthy is meeting behind the scenes with coal CEOs, lawmakers, and state and federal officials to lay the groundwork for the new rules and make sure they’re put in place. She’s making sure the clean air legal language is written in a way that’s robust and airtight, in order to have the biggest impact on cutting pollution, with no loopholes. She’s testifying to Congress, making the case as to why the rules should be implemented, despite a fusillade of political attacks.

Environmentalists, who applauded Obama’s appointment of McCarthy in 2009, have generally given her rave reviews on the job. Republicans, especially those like Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who tried to block her Senate confirmation, have been less enthusiastic.

Environmentalists also applauded in 2003 when then-Gov. Romney appointed a team of officials with strong environmental records to oversee a muscular environmental regulatory agenda, and to come up with a plan to tackle climate change. Among them was McCarthy, who had worked as an environmental regulator for the four previous Massachusetts governors—two Democrats and two Republicans.

Romney named McCarthy to a similar “green quarterback” role in his administration: undersecretary for policy at the Executive Office for Environmental Affairs, in charge of preserving the state’s open spaces, farmlands, and forests. He also tasked her with developing Massachusetts’s first climate protection action plan.”…………..

5 posted on 10/29/2011 8:58:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I simply cannot understand why Romney has ever been anything but a 1%-er (in the polls).


6 posted on 10/29/2011 9:05:39 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

True he will. Most of them will.
Trurth his however tea party philosophy now rules the Republican Party.The RNC will try and fight it and they will lose.


7 posted on 10/29/2011 9:11:00 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
I simply cannot understand why Romney has ever been anything but a 1%-er (in the polls).

Nor can I.
8 posted on 10/29/2011 9:12:08 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He can shift all over the place as much as he likes but still won't possess the first damned principle to keep him honest if he gets elected.

Romney cannot be trusted!

9 posted on 10/29/2011 9:12:55 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I approve of politicians flipping as long as they flip in the right direction and don’t flop back latter.


10 posted on 10/29/2011 9:17:11 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Agree. We cannot trust a thing this guy says. Look at his actions, his appointments while governor of Mass. He is a leftist who will say anything to get elected.


11 posted on 10/29/2011 9:21:12 AM PDT by Blennos
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thanks CW, additional:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2799643/posts


12 posted on 10/29/2011 9:21:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney’s finger must be perpetually wrinkled from moistening it to stick in the wind.


13 posted on 10/29/2011 9:21:40 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Caught him mid-fence in a fli-lop move. . . that is where he is starting to flip, but hasn’t quite flopped.

This guy is just about as principled as Bill Clinton, although seemingly on a higher moral plane.


14 posted on 10/29/2011 9:22:32 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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15 posted on 10/29/2011 9:32:09 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Shouldn't we call Mitt Shifty, now? More apropos.

vaudine

16 posted on 10/29/2011 9:39:42 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: RatRipper

Core values have something to do with being on a “...higher moral plane.” Romney’s flip flops represent breaches of personal honor and morality. No wonder establishment Republicans love him. Why would someone want to be president THAT much? I wish he would just go away; he is just not the man for the times.


17 posted on 10/29/2011 9:56:01 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Hotter or colder....the universe is soooooo huge....it does it's own balancing act.

Thank goodness there are none of those rex critters around....and mastadons and huge flying birds (condors are ugly enough).

It's just right for the times....because that's the way it is!!!!!!

18 posted on 10/29/2011 10:00:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nucluside
Core values have something to do with being on a “...higher moral plane.”

I agree whole-heartedly. Romney has proven he cannot be trusted. I guess what I really meant was that Bill's moral short-comings were manifest in more of a horny alley cat way.

19 posted on 10/29/2011 10:05:09 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Willard will wear a mini skirt and call himself Bambi for a few votes.


20 posted on 10/29/2011 10:14:02 AM PDT by lurk
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PDF: Romney's disclosure form [inc. long list of his stock holdings including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] Romney pummels, profits from Fannie, Freddie

And for the Gardasil "innocent little girls" Crowd," Romney holds Stock in Merck & Co.

21 posted on 10/29/2011 10:16:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Your recent thread was pulled for ‘Bloomberg’ reason.

Just wanted to say ‘Good for Rick Perry’ to expose Romney so thoroughly. Perry is a good man - I just think he is a better Governor of Texas than a Presidential candidate. JMHO and not bashing.


22 posted on 10/29/2011 10:26:47 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Cain - touching the better angels of our nature. Newt - knowledge is power.)
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23 posted on 10/29/2011 10:38:24 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Blennos

Agree. We cannot trust a thing this guy says. Look at his actions, his appointments while governor of Mass. He is a leftist who will say anything to get elected.”

That’s the critical point of all this!...Trust! I’d say he is more of an Opportunist than a Leftist..similar to Clinton, but somewhat more principled and moral than Bubba.
To my knowlege he didn’t carry out this man-made global warming position in regulation or legislation. But his flip-fopping on the 2nd Amendment is even worse, and a perfect example, because he signed the first and toughest assault ban in Taxachussetts as Governor. Then, in 2006, anticpating his Presidential nominee run, he joined the NRA as a Life member. He has supported the Brady 5-day waiting period; said that semi-autos were only for killing people. Now he says that he wouldn’t sign any gun control legislation as President. (BTW the NRA shows no support (nor opposition) for him)

He claims to own a gun and has gone hunting but further investigation revealed he does not own a gun and never had a hunting license.

“So I’m a hunter and believe in Second Amendment rights, but I also believe that assault weapons are not needed in the public population.” (Boston Globe-1/19/07)

The thing that totally puzzles me is that he gets from 20% to 30% Republican support. Hard to believe that Repubs are as stupid as the general population??!


24 posted on 10/29/2011 10:59:58 AM PDT by firefox ((Vote Democrat...Its Easier Than Thinking!))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney is the RINO candidate for president. Despite liberal Republican support for him, if he becomes the Republican candidate, the Republicans will be *lucky* if he loses to Obama; because four more years of Obama trying to destroy the country will be better than four years of Romney doing everything the Democrats want, and destroying the Republican party and any remaining hope America has.

The RINOs forced Bob Dole and John McCain on us. They have no right to do that again. They have neither core values nor moral authority, and will support liberal Democrats before they will support Republican conservatives.


25 posted on 10/29/2011 11:27:14 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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