Video: Mitt Romney Sings ‘America the Beautiful.’ But Would His Energy Policies Keep America Beautiful?

After winning the Florida primary this week, Mitt Romney celebrated with a call to “fight for the America we love.” But will Romney’s energy policies preserve that America?

In order to show his passion for the country’s natural beauty, Romney is fond of quoting the song “America the Beautiful.” Earlier this week, before leading an awkward sing-a-long with a crowd at a retirement center in Florida, he talked about why the song captures the “rivers and mountains” and the “beauty of the land” that made him fall in love with the country.

But under Romney’s energy plan — which is to “aggressively develop our oil, our gas, our coal” while denying the very real danger of manmade global warming — that America may not be the same for coming generations.

In celebration of Romney’s unique relationship with the environment, here’s a video we put together on the candidate’s energy policy in song — sung by Romney himself.

(Many thanks to Think Progress video editor Jeff Spross for helping out with the final product.)

4 Responses to Video: Mitt Romney Sings ‘America the Beautiful.’ But Would His Energy Policies Keep America Beautiful?

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Nice video. Don’t forget timber industry clearcuts. The US only has about 5% of its native forests left, and the loggers are trying to hack those down, too. Take a google earth tour of the West Coast sometime.

    As for Secretary Chu’s comment that Americans don’t yet grasp global warming on the visceral level- well, yeah, that’s true. Chu should have gone on to say that the reason for our obliviousness is the abdication of our media companies, who are afraid of the fossil fuel companies.

  2. Gail Zawacki says:

    Perfect. That’s the kind of contrast that is visceral and accurate.

    Now for comedy – watch Romney get glittered, twice! And note the look on his face at the end. He’s a consumate actor, but he let it slip there.

  3. rich3800 says:

    Reminds me of the Titanic movie part of the band playing while the ship is sinking.

  4. rich3800 says:

    Correction: the part of Titanic movie where the captain stands on deck while the band plays and the ship is sinking. Coincidentally, somewhat similarly to the events that are about to unfold due to the impending breaking off of a New York-sized glacier from Antartica.