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14 June 2011, 11:38 AM
Two camps now forming
Mitt Romney's a climate change believer

According to the National Journal, “virtually all of the serious 2010 GOP challengers have moved beyond opposing cap-and-trade to dismissing the scientific evidence that global warming is even occurring.”

Like that old gag from Seth Myers and Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live, it is understandable if the American people are starting to ask the Republican Party, “Really?”

While many Republicans running for president in 2012 have adopted a stance of certitude on the subject, others are sheepishly running away from prior statements on the subject.

Meanwhile, nominal front-runner Mitt Romney is not backing down. At a town hall meeting on June 3 in Manchester, NH he said, "I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants, of greenhouse gases, that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and global warming that you're seeing."

Now, former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) has announced that he is forming a coalition of Republicans who understand that human emissions are contributing to climate change and that action needs to be taken to reduce that pollution.

"Conservatives typically are people who try to be cognizant of risk and move to minimize risk. To be told of risk and to consciously decide to disregard it seems to be the opposite of conservative," Inglis told the DC-based Energy & Environment Daily. “What I hope to do is be a part of an effort that calls conservatives to return to conservatism and to turn away from the populist rejection of science."

Despite the best efforts of the pollution lobby to end this debate within the Republican Party, it looks like climate change will become a major issue heading into the 2012 election season.

At this point, it looks like the elephants will be arguing among themselves.

If you love the planet, be happy for it for averting a life ending crisis of climate change. Climate change was a political and cultural industry, not science.
I'm not the only one contacting authorities and law makers and the justice departments to have the leading scientists and NEWS EDITORS charged for this needless panic of a false war called Climate Change. We missed getting Bush.............
Catastrophic climate change was virtually a comet hit of an emergency yet Obama didn’t even mention the crisis in his state of the union address and was silent along with the scientists when American IPCC/UN climate research grants were all pulled. It’s clear to this former believer that the science was exaggerated, exploited and as we can see now, unsustainable in voter support. The new denier is anyone who still thinks most people are still supporters and believers and willing to sacrifice climate mitigation actions. Not believing in climate change (as apposed to pollution), still addresses the important issues of energy conservation, waste and population and as a former believer I’m happy this crisis of unstoppable warming was avoided. Why would I have wanted this misery to happen to my kids and or their kids? From NPR: “According to the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's] projections, such a path ... would mean around a 50% chance of a rise in global average temperature of more than 4C by 2021”.
“50%” isn’t good enough for this parent, progressive and planet lover.

At the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing yesterday, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell linked increased forest fires and climate change.

"Throughout the country, we're seeing longer fire seasons, and we're seeing snowpacks that, on average, are disappearing a little earlier every spring," he said, as well as devastating droughts. As a result, fire seasons have lengthened by more than 30 days, on average.

"Our scientists believe this is due to a change in climate," said Tidwell.

It looks some climate denialist commenters here would like to shut down this debate as well.

They seem pretty upset that a few Republicans understand science.

The polluters are well funded and organized. And they have quite quite a flying monkey brigade to drown out anyone who dares to mention things like the ice caps are melting.

"Despite the best efforts of the pollution lobby to end this debate within the Republican Party, it looks like climate change will become a major issue heading into the 2012 election season"

Um it isn't a major issue today, why would you conclude that somehow it will rise again and become a major issue in a years time?

Climate change is dead. The world has moved on.


I'm not the only one contacting authorities and law makers and the justice departments to have the leading scientists and NEWS EDITORS charged for this needless panic of a false war called Climate Change. We missed getting Bush.............

Meanwhile, the UN had allowed carbon trading to trump 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 25 years of climate control instead of the obviously needed population control. REAL planet lovers and REAL progressives and REAL civilized people were happy and relieved that the science was a comfortable lie wrapped in exaggeration and anointed by lab coat consultants we called “scientists”.

Science has the task, the methodology and the mandate to discover how the world really works, what it is made of and where it is likely to go in the future. It deals in probabilities, not absolutes. It is not a political party and is not seeking world domination. Its understandings can be used for good or bad practices. Climate science describes what likely has happened in the past, what is currently the case, and what will likely happen in the future. Although it is not perfect, it is the best we have and is certainly more reliable than political ideology, superstition or intentional greed-based mis-information. A pro-active stance in combating a changing environment is our only best hope. Texas: legislating praying for rain to end droughts only prevents using the easier solutions now and avoids actually having to do something. Rush: it is time for you to go back to school; you are scientifically illiterate.

Gees. You sound like a bible thumper.
If you really love the planet, be glad and happy and relieved for the planet because the danger is gone and the planet will not die from CO2 after all. Progressive environmentalists are now former believers who are still committed to stewardship of the planet without the needless panic so get yourself up to date. EVEN Obama didn’t even mention the crisis in his state of the union address. Shouldn’t the scientists have protested against Obama for bailing on them? Where ARE these countless thousands of consensus lab coat consultants anyways. Shouldn’t they be marching the streets for this comet hit of an emergency?
Are you willing to look my kids in the eyes and tell them that the planet is dying from CO2 soon?
Climate Change was a specific CO2 death threat, NOT sustainability so just remove the CO2 mistake from the environmental equation and stop dividing environmental efforts with the neocon-like fear from the criminal exaggerations of climate change.

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