First, Mitt Romney flip-flopped on universal health care – now, with contenders such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry breathing down his neck, Romney shows he’s capable of flipping on another issue many people see as a core principle.
The principle at question is whether you believe in the science of global warming and want to stop unregulated pollution from destroying the safety of the air we breathe and the lives of people in the path of violent storms.
Mitt BEFORE sound-byte (in June 2011):
“I believe, based on what I read, that the world is getting warmer and, number two, I believe humans contributed to that…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 the global warming that you see.”
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Mitt AFTER sound-byte (Aug. 24, 2011, Reuters:)
When asked about global warming at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, N.H., Romney said: “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…What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to…I do not believe in [Obama’s] cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap” on polluting industries.
Why is Mitt flipping? He’s not a man of principle – and he’s looking to appease right-wing voters and big corporations who want a carte blanche to pollute for profit, regardless of the health and environmental consequences.
It’s an inconvenient truth for Republicans that science (aka fact) falls on the side of environmental activists. A study by the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 found that “climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities and poses significant risks.” That view is backed by 97% of scientists.
If you’re a liberal, you already know 97% (or more) of the Republican Party platform is not based in reason or fact. That’s why it’s your duty to VOTE. It does matter.