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.
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. (www.planete-energies.com)
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