Politics & Policy

Romney & Climate Change

Mitt Romney, who has been under fire for his recent climate change remarks, may be staying true to his old beliefs as part of a tactic to avoid the flip-flopper label. From the Washington Post:

“The fact that he doesn’t change his position . . . that’s the upside for us,” said one Romney adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the campaign. “He’s not going to change his mind on these issues to put his finger in the wind for what scores points with these parts of the party.”

Politico reports on the remarks made last Friday in a New Hampshire town hall when Romney affirmed his belief in climate change:

“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,” Romney said. “I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer.

“No. 2, I believe that humans contribute to that,” he continued. “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, of greenhouse gases, that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and global warming that you’re seeing.”

Jon Huntsman also believes climate change is real, telling Time last month that “All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer, we’d listen to them.” Huntsman added that cap and trade “hasn’t worked” and said the economic downturn meant now wasn’t the time to consider cap and trade and similar ideas.

Via InsiderIowa, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s cap-and-trade initiative last month while giving a speech in Iowa (around the 8 minute mark):

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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