Maybe there isn't a rule that all Republican Presidential candidates need to be complete deniers of climate science after all.
Mitt Romney, he of the great hair and great wealth broke with what felt like it may be the absolute Party line last week by saying that he recognised that humans are responsible , at least to some extent ( his words!) for climate change
"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire. We had thought that there was some edict from on high( or from on the funding benches anyway ) that climate change needed to be ridiculed and denied at every point on their campaign trail.So we are glad to see we may be wrong. It is almost unthinkable that Americans could have serious candidates that deny any science of climate change as the country ( nver mind the world) suffers extreme weather even after another and record numbers of tornadoes devastate parts of America. We know that climate change is a long term increase in temperature but part of that long term increase in temperature is the increased likelihood of extreme weather events. And the fact that the Republicans have chosen largely to ignore the real dangers of climate change in weather patterns, food, and water is interesting to say the least. And it will be interesting to see how they explain these away. God is angry perhaps?
"It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."
The former Massachusetts governor leads opinion polls in New Hampshire by a wide margin, and is among the top contenders nationally to win the Republican primary. But it seems a relatively low key field and maybe some feel that Obama is a tough President to knock out after just one term, and have delayed their candidacy for 4 years. Sarah Palin deliberately overshadowed Ronmney by bringing forward her arrival of her East Coast bus tour into New Hampshire.
In addressing climate change and energy policy, Romney called on the United States to break its dependence on foreign oil, and expand alternative energies including solar, wind, nuclear and clean coal.
He said "I love solar and wind (power) but they don't drive cars. And we're not all going to drive Chevy Volts,"
The United States can not go it alone in attempting to trim emissions levels and give a free pass to countries such as China and Brazil, Romney said. "It's not called American warming, it's called global warming," he said.
Romney's rivals don't yet seem to have acknowedged any scientific consensus . In fact Newt Gingrich, in his inimitable style claimed that climate change is "the newest excuse to take control of lives" by "left-wing intellectuals."
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