Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mr. Romney On Global Warming

I think I'll be limited to reposting for a while or possibly reruns of older things.  We're busy preparing to take off for Johns Hopkins and probably surgery.

Meantime, here is Mitt Romney responding to a question about global warming.

Not much of a response.  He was probably referring to a bit he wrote in his book, No Apology...

It's impossible not to take a look at our current energy policies without considering the question of climate change. 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. I do not support radical feel-good policies like a unilateral U.S. cap-and-trade mandate. Such policies would have little effect on the climate but could cripple economic growth with devastating results for people across the planet...

He believes that global climate change is occurring and that humans are a factor.  Thank God he not totally brainless.  That is a well known and proven fact.   But as far as us doing anything to slow or reverse the process?  Not worth the economic consequences.  
As smart a businessman as Mitt Romney is supposed to be - he doesn't demonstrate understanding of the consequences of global warming.  Just Google it.
It is very difficult to estimate the economic impact of global warming. According to economists, the cost varies from 2 to 50 euro per ton of carbon emitted. 

According to British economist Nicholas Stern, the cost of climate change will be considerable in the coming decades. It could lead to a major recession (of some 20% of global GDP) – whereas combating climate change would cost 1% of global GDP. The debate on the value of these figures and on the assumptions underlying them is intense, but this argument aims to convince economic stakeholders and decision-makers of the necessity to act. (

He DOES know the economic impact.  There is no doubt about that.  He is too smart NOT to know.  He is trading his faith in an ignorant, passive electorate and passing climate change off as a fad so he can get votes.  

Unfortunately for him, Hurricane Sandy has awakened awareness about climate change.  Maybe just enough to turn the tide against him

1 comment:

Nic said...

It is probably quite bad that I have not followed any of this, but politics just isn't my thing. That is a rather ridiculous thing to say, I know: it's everywhere. But I tend not to entertain the stupidity that surrounds it all.

I am not sure who is going into hospital - you or your friend - but my thoughts are with you.

I heard this piece again earlier and wondered if you knew it. Four minute of peace for you.