It is time. The Republican Presidential Primary season is rapidly approaching and we here at Spinach will enter the debate. In previous posts, we have outlined the ludicrous nature of one Rick Perry and his proposal (now proposals) to save America. As his state suffers from prolonged droughts and an electric grid that can’t meet the demand to cope with the lack of cool air, he refuses to propose any real long-term solution to helping their needs. Now he wants to take his short-sighted plan and apply it to the national population? No thank you, sir.
Thankfully, Rick “social security is a ponzi scheme” Perry is no longer the threat that he once was. But the stagnant number two/Republican fallback guy isn’t making us feel much better. While Mitt Romney may be articulate, smart, and have an excellently maintained mane, following his political positions makes me feel like a Duncan yo-yo. I’m up then down, I’m out then in, I’m left then right, faster than Joey Chesnut downs just ONE hot dog (sing it Katie Perry!).
If this was my full time job, I’m sure I could track down a plethora of statements to show how much and how easily this weathervane moves with the political winds. Unfortunately, it is not and so we’re going to stick with notables.
While running for president in 2008, Mitt had this to say of climate change:
Katie Couric: “Do you think the risks of climate change are overblown?”
Mitt Romney: “No, I think the risks of climate change are real. You are seeing climate change and human activity is contributing to it.”
Flash forward to June of this year:
Romney tells a New Hampshire audience that he believes in man-made global warming (I speculate that location has just a little something to do with his deliverable). But we do begin to see a little more posturing and qualifications enter his response:
“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And 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’re seeing.”
Now, just a couple months later and in a different location (Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) we see the total “Mitt flip” at about 2:05:
“We don’t know what’s 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 EPA… really doesn’t like oil, gas, coal, or nuclear, and if we could somehow have all of our cars run on electricity, everything would be fine… I really do believe that the EPA wants to get its hands on all of energy and be able to crush it and be able to cause it, to crush it, to cause prices to go through the roof so that they can finally make wind and solar more economically competitive… The EPA should not be regulating carbon dioxide. It is not a pollutant within the meaning of the legislation that informed them.”
What amazes me is that the Republican party has spent much of its time hating on typical politicians (e.g. President Obama). Yet, here we have Mitt Romney who, while he did spend some time in the private sector, shows better political posturing than any Washington politician.
All this said, there are worse options for environmentalists (see Rick Perry). But as Mitt moves with the political winds, the question becomes how much worse?