Mitt Romney Says Reasonable-Sounding Thing About Climate Change

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Denying that human activity is making the Earth warmer, despite the opinion of people who spend their lives studying these things, was thought to be a precondition of being a serious, viable Republican presidential candidate. But earlier today, Mitt Romney proclaimed at a town hall in New Hampshire that "the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that." He added, "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."

These are very limited opinions that shouldn't be controversial at all. Romney didn't advocate a cap-and-trade plan. He didn't support an increase in the gas tax. He didn't say we should run our cars on hemp and bong water. He just agreed with scientific consensus and then mentioned that it would be good if we found some way to not destroy the planet. Reasonable enough. So, obviously, his campaign is now over, according to the comments on the conservative blog Weasel Zippers:


"This should be the straw that broke the RINO’s back."

"Thanks for playing. Please take your consolation prize (a year’s worth of car wax!) and leave the stage."

"Throw Mittens on the scrap heap with the rest of them, his Presidential campaign is over before it even started."

"Get lost loser. Rinos like Romney can kiss both sides of my hairy ass."

"Nicely done… a 24 hour campaign comes to an end. Gotta be a record of some kind."

"Yep, he pulled the plug."

"Another nail in the coffin that holds his Presidental aspirations. Nope, never, no way should he be the nominee!"

"Stick a fork in him, he’s done."

The world is getting warmer": Romney [Reuters]