The presumptive front-runner is a professional flip-flopper, from his opposition to the Obama healthcare reform bill that his Massachusetts plan inspired to his embrace of the car company bailout he once rejected.
I’m coining a new term for the politician who points in all directions simultaneously, who is omni-directional.
What’s interesting is that in contrast to the large group of national GOP climate zombies who reject the science and don’t want to take action, there is an emerging Romney-directional group who claim they believe in climate science but don’t want to take action:
- GOP contender Jon Huntsman stuns right by embracing climate science, but still tries to appease them by flip-flopping to oppose any action
- Confused Chris Christie embraces climate science, rejects climate action
Unsurprisingly, Romney is now in the latter group. He told voters in New Hampshire that the world is getting warmer, humans are contributing, and “it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.” Here’s the video via TP Green:
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.
The Boston Globe reports, “Romney has made clear that he opposes cap-and-trade, a system that would combat climate change by limiting total emissions and forcing polluters to pay for the greenhouse gases they produce.”
At the same time, Enviroknow‘s Josh Nelson points out that a few weeks ago, Mitt Romney told Fox News:
Well, you get the prices down by convincing people who are investing in gasoline futures, so to speak, the speculators — you let them understand that America is going to be producing enough energy for our needs. And that means we’re going to start drilling for oil. We’re going to use our natural gas resources, which are now extraordinarily plentiful, given new technology. We’re going to use our coal resources. Of course, we’re going to pursue all the renewables, but you have to have oil and gas to power America’s economy.
So we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but were going to use all of our coal, oil, and natural gas. Something for everyone. Oh and let’s not forget, In 2003, Romney attacked coal jobs that “kill people.”
Now, that is Romney-directional.