This afternoon, former VIce President Al Gore praised GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney for acknowledging the scientific consensus that world is getting warmer and humans are responsible. On his blog, Gore wrote: “While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party.”
Gore’s comments are likely to further inflame influential voices within the GOP who cling to the notion that global warming is a “hoax.” Last week, Rush Limbaugh blasted Romney on climate change:
Bye-bye, nomination. Another one down. We’re in the midst here of discovering that this is all a hoax. The last year has established that the whole premise of man-made global warming is a hoax, and we still have presidential candidates that want to buy into it.
Romney has also found himself subject to criticism from the Club for Growth and Tea Party activists.
Of course, the real question is not whether global warming exists but what we are going to do about it. Romney previously embraced a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, calling it “good for business.” But, like most of the rest of the GOP field, he’s since reversed his position.