Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s Stunning Comments: ‘I Believe There Is A Problem’ With Our Climate

Speaking to a group of Republican political donors last week, Ohio’s conservative Governor John Kasich called for action on climate change, saying he was “all for” developing clean energy

At a time when climate change denial has become a de facto national platform for the Republican party, Kasich’s comments are a notable break from GOP rhetoric. The Columbus Dispatch reported on his statement to fellow Republicans:

“This isn’t popular to always say, but I believe there is a problem with climates, climate change in the atmosphere,” Kasich told a Ross County Republican function on Thursday. “I believe it. I don’t know how much there is, but I also know the good Lord wants us to be good stewards of his creation. And so, at the end of the day, if we can find these breakthroughs to help us have a cleaner environment, I’m all for it.”

Kasich’s comments came during a talk about his “all-of-the-above” energy plan. However, that plan, which does support efficiency, wind and solar, still relies heavily on fossil fuels — particularly coal and shale gas.

Meanwhile, scientists warn that we are hitting tipping points that could soon force unstoppable global warming. Given this reality, squaring aggressive support for fossil fuels with the need to address climate change is virtually impossible.

The fact that Kasich’s comments are “news” shows how dramatically Republicans have turned around on climate change. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, once said that “now is the time to take action toward climate protection” and called for a “no regrets” approach to dealing with the problem.

Today, Romney says “we don’t know” whether humans are causing climate change — even though 97% of climate scientists actively publishing in the field say human influence is the primary driver of a warming planet.

23 Responses to Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s Stunning Comments: ‘I Believe There Is A Problem’ With Our Climate

  1. Kasich’s remarks sound rational, but he’s part of the group that are actively trying to retard the development of alternate energies.

    And his remarks are qualified to the point of banality. A weasel trying to have things both ways.

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    Yeah! a breakthrough… March Madness.

  3. facts lean left says:

    the usual Republican waffling. he’ll be back touting oil and coal any minute.

  4. Walt says:

    The Columbus Dispatch reported on his statement to fellow Republicans… who then immediately suck their fingers in their ears and started yelling…


  5. Mike says:

    I have no doubt that, even if Kasich’s concerns are genuine, the rest of the Ohio GOP, the RNC, and the Republican Governor’s association will find a way to undermine whatever bill comes his way.

  6. dhampton100 says:

    Kasich got knowcked down so badly on the SB5 issue here in Ohio he is grappeling for any way to connect with voters. His term in office has been devastated and his popularity is way down. If we had recall laws here he would be sitting in the same seat Scott Walker is: Worried to death!

  7. sandyh says:

    After decades of denying there is a problem, he decides there maybe one six months before a general election? One who has championed the war on scientists cannot present himself as the voice of reason now. Independent voters have had enough of this conservative sham.

  8. Rich says:

    Yeah, and what does he want to do about it? Probably nothing, or perhaps tax cuts and deregulation for corporations. Maybe we should do a Perry and just get on our knees and pray.

  9. The republicans are doing their best to make themselves extinct. Too bad they’re taking the rest of us with them.

    But seriously, how sad can it be that it’s news when a member of a major party has just admitted something that’s been proven scientific fact for decades. Is there an inverse function based on one’s proximity to crisis to inaccurately cope with reality? Or is it just money’s distorting influence on the truth.

    In any case, the villainy and ignorance is unbelievable.

  10. Scott Mc says:

    As an Ohioan I’d just like to point out that this guy is a complete and total douchebag in every way you can imagine. If you don’t believe me just look him up. So with that said… I’ll just give this word of warning…. HE IS UP TO SOMETHING!

  11. Dale Top says:

    He just wants to be on record as having said he believes in global warming. This way ten years from now when we have passed the tipping point and the world is dying off he can say it isn’t his fault.
    The fact is this: Global warming isn’t something that is in doubt. It is well accepted as fact by the entire (legitimate) scientific community. The idea that is considered radical to admit he believes in it shows how far out of touch with reality the GOP is. Anyone who doesn’t support doing whatever is necessary to solve this problem should not be taken seriously. They should be publicly mocked whenever they admit to being a global warming denier. THis is a problem that will wipe out life on the planet. This isn’t some political football. It is the most important problem facing the world right now. With either fix it or everyone dies. There is no third choice.

  12. Kent Otho Doering says:

    Look, Kaschich is following the opinion of informed voters in Ohio, and wants to get their votes. His words about “stewardship” also reflect the views of “progressive Christians” about keeping the planet capable of supporting life. (Conservative – conservationists.)
    He is also aware that states such as South Carolina aggressively do a lot to attract European manufacturers who are are much more environmentally aware than U.S.industry as a whole. And he wants that, and he wants global clean tech industry investing inhis state, paying taxes there and creating jobs.

    Sustainability is now the largest segment in the German GNP, surpassing the automotive industry. And when German companies want to set up local U.S. production to service the U.S. market, they do pay attention as to if the state governments are pro-clean energy or still into climate change denial.

    The new Tory P.M. in England, Cameron is also pro-clean energy because it is good for business, and will be that which helps to revive the ailing British manufacturing sector. German Chancellor Merkel is from the “conservative” Christian Democrats, but her energy policies are to the left of President Obama. Horst Seehofer, Christian Social Ministerpresident of Bavaria is now outgreeing the greens in this post Fukushima age. The neighboring state of Baden Wuerttenburg has Green Red coalition governent headed up by Kretschmer, a Green.

    We shall see how U.S. development fare.


  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Our former PM, Howard, did the same thing before the 2007 election, which he looked like losing. He suddenly developed a ‘concern’ for the indigenous inhabitants of the country. After ten years of ignoring report after report, speech after speech and numerous appeals, he suddenly claimed to be the Aborigines’ ‘friend’. He launched an ‘intervention’ that treated the indigenous like prisoners in their own communities, so detrimental that the racial discrimation laws had to be suspended to allow its passage. He lost the election, but-no worries-the policies have been kept in place and extended by the so-called ‘social democrat’ Labour Party. ‘Democracy without choices’.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The villainy and ignorance are not just believable, they are unavoidable so long as capitalism, a death cult that believes in nothing but the sanctity of insatiable greed, rules humanity. We have about minus twenty years to fix the problem.

  15. Nabil Almurabit says:

    Okay, so he admits that there’s something wrong with our climate, the issue here is if he believes that man is doing it and if we should stop it

  16. bob h says:

    Ohioans, having had their state ripped apart by tornadoes recently, are probably more receptive to this admission.

  17. ZoeyKay says:

    Okay, it’s time to switch out the Kool-Aid! The current batch has gotten watered down with the truth!

  18. Tirebiter in sector R says:

    The check from API must have bounced.

  19. B Faul says:

    They’ll all come around eventually, since the laws of physics are profoundly indifferent to the political beliefs of men. The real question is will they come around in time to actually do anything effective?

  20. Indy RN says:

    Could it be that he has gotten some facts about unregulated fracking and the billions of gallons of polluted water being injected into the aquifers in Ohio? And the diversion of water from big agriculture to big oil? Now he has to find a a politically expedient way to ensure that crop production is not destroyed in his state and he’s using the evangelical dog whistle to rally his base up…. Hmmmmm…..could that be it?

  21. thomasrodd says:

    “Stunning” comments? I’d say it’s closer to accurate to call this predictable BS — “if we can find a ‘breakthrough'” — the term of choice of agnostics/delayers, speaking volumes about the approach of folks at a certain Institute.

  22. Peter says:

    “Duh, really Governor? Whats a matter the weather and evidence becoming too hard to deny? More proof of why the GOP is worthless.”

  23. David Scott says:

    Dont get too carried away by Kasich. He was just quoted blasting Obama for allegedly wanting to end coal use — which if true would be the single most helpful thing we could do. And he is a Mr Pom Poms when it comes to fracking. Kasich didnt say he actually planned to DO anything about climate change.