Romney is outlier in Republican Party for believing in global warming
June 4, 2011
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Romney reaffirms stance that global warming is real – The Boston Globe.
The theory of global warming is based on two simple, easily demonstrated premises – 1) that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are linked to an increase in global temperatures, and 2) that atmospheric carbon dioxide has been increasing steadily in recent years. Despite all the consensus-based arguments, you don’t need a PhD to see that these two ideas mean that the globe is warming and that we should reduce carbon emissions to reduce the impact of the problem.
Yet, if you’re a Republican, chances are you’re still not buying it. A Pew Research Poll says that only 38% believe the earth is warming, and that slightly more than half of those believe the warming is not because of human activity. This is a recent change since 2007, when a 62% majority of Republicans said the Earth is warming. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the deniers’ counter-offensive to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, which claims that accepting the logical conclusion of the above premises is akin to believing in a mythical half-man-half-bear-half-pig. Ignoring data and simply calling your opponents idiots apparently works well with a certain segment of the population.
So it’s a bit surprising when Mitt Romney announced to that segment of the population that he too believes in Manbearpig. This comes as two of his most likely opponents, Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich, have switched their earlier positions, making statements suggesting that global warming is not happening or is not a problem.
This may be a good strategy for Romney as high gas prices and severe weather could make Republicans wonder about whether alternative energy is a necessary step. Just kidding. The Republican Party is a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, and Romney won’t be able to walk this one back. I don’t know if it’s enough to make him lose, but it certainly won’t help him in the primary.