When the comedic actress Kristen Wiig came up with the idea to ban breathing in order to stabilize CO2 emissions, she probably didn’t expect a leading Republican presidential candidate to take it seriously.
But sure enough, in pushing his flip flop on climate change to an extreme degree, Mitt Romney did exactly that at a campaign stop last week:
“I’m all in favor of eliminating pollution,” Romney said. “Now I know there is also a movement to say that carbon dioxide should be guided or should be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. I disagree with that.
“I exhale carbon dioxide,” he added. “I don’t want those guys following me around with a meter to see if I’m breathing too hard.”
Even in jest, Romney’s comparison of human exhalation of CO2 and the burning of 300-million-year-old carbon is so incredibly ludicrous, it is a punch line in itself. The former Massachusetts governor, who once backed efforts to combat climate change, has now joined the ranks of the most extreme climate deniers.
One can imagine the climate strategy meetings taking place within the Romney campaign. Does Kristen Wiig have inside information?
(Note the video below is part of a longer skit produced about the Clinton Global Initiative, which we covered. If you haven’t seen the whole piece, it’s worth your time.)