Mitt Romney got a good laugh out of the climate deniers in his audience at the GOP Convention in Tampa, a city already planning for sea level rise, as he mocked President Obama’s promise to address climate change.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…(pause to allow for laughter) and to heal the planet. My promise … is to help you and your family.”
It could be that Republicans have a secret plan to transport American families to another planet, something they are keeping hidden from the rest of us. Perhaps in a parallel universe, but we can’t be sure.
Romney’s statement got a lot of people upset. Notably Paul Douglas, a Republican meteorologist, who published this in the Huffington Post
“But denying climate change won’t help any American family or our fledgling economy. And looking at the world with carbon-colored glasses, or using Solyndra as an excuse to snub renewables and clean-tech, is not only short-sighted, but makes America less competitive on the world stage. According to the World Economic Forum, America’s global competitiveness fell from 1st to 7th place since 2007. Should we just accept that most breakthrough energy technologies are originating in China and Europe, where there is no more “debate” about climate trends? Why is America still questioning the science? For political entertainment? Something tells me Mother Nature may get the last laugh.”
A facebook friend of mine commented, “I wish that he would publish his thoughts in some media that the Republicans follow.” Agreed.
Mitt moved forward with his not-gonna-fix-the-ocean-or-the-planet mantra on Meet the Press with David Gregory
(September 9, 2012). Gregory let Romney ramble on without questioning him the on fact that the science tells us urgent action to curb emissions is necessary to preserve a liveable planet. It felt more like free ad time than an interview. This continued silence by the mainstream media to the true science of climate change is more than a lapse in journalistic integrity. It is willfully allowing this global train wreck to proceed unhindered.
In a recent interview with ScienceDebate.org
, a science advocacy group, Romney had this to say,
“I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk — and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.”
On a campaign stop in 2011 Romney stated,“We don’t know what is causing climate change on this planet and the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”
The above statements, carefully crafted to fuel the disinformation campaign on global climate change, are consistent with Romney’s energy plan which is all fossil fuels. It’s 2008’s “drill, baby drill” wearing new clothes, or maybe no clothes.
In my next post we’ll address some of the science of why this plan won’t work; why the point of no return and a runaway greenhouse (think Venus) effect are the probable scientific outcomes for future generations with this continued business-as-usual fossil fuel loving plan.
I tried to embed the Meet the Press video below but kept getting a restricted access message.