Mitt Flips on Climate Change (Is Anyone Surprised?)

Less than two weeks after I wrote a post praising Mitt Romney (and Jon Huntsman) for their admirable stances supporting science’s position on climate change, Romney changed his position! In June, Romney stated the following to an audience in New Hampshire, affirming the existence of global warming:

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 in October, Romney has reversed himself, stating the following:

My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.

At this point, Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on practically every major issue. He absolutely cannot be trusted. As a progressive, I question the sincerity of some of the ‘red meat’ conservative positions he’s taken since becoming a GOP presidential candidate. It seems obvious that he’s saying things that Republican primary voters want to hear. And since he’s in a tough primary fight with several radical conservatives including Rick Perry and Michele Bachman, he’s got to change his tune in order to remain viable. So as a Democrat, I would much rather have Romney be the GOP nominee because I believe he would do much less damage to our country than Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, or Rick Perry would do. Romney would probably not be as right-wing as president as he pretends to be as a candidate.

About the author

I have been an active Latter-Day Saint all of my life and have also been an enthusiastic Democrat and progressive since my days as an economics undergraduate student at Brigham Young University. The hostile climate towards progressives at BYU inspired me to get involved with the BYU College Democrats, where I served as president during my senior year. I have since obtained a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma. I served a full-time mission to the Philippines. I’m active in my local ward, happily married and have two rambunctious little boys and an infant daughter.