Romney To Biosphere: Drop Dead

In the annals of idiotic remarks by Presidential candidates, Mitt Romney now has a strong claim for the top spot.

On Meet the Press, the GOP nominee actually told NBC’s David Gregory:

I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet.

You can watch it here.

This pledge to ignore the gravest preventable threat to the health and well-being of our children easily trumps other infamous remarks (or non-remarks, in the case of Gerald Ford). Indeed, if he wins, many conservatives will doubtless argue Romney has a mandate NOT to act.

At the Tampa convention, Romney had previously mocked Obama’s 2008 pledge to fight climate change, to much laughter by the GOP delegates. Hypocritically, Romney had said just minutes earlier in that speech, “when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.” Avoiding catastrophic global warming — and preserving a livable climate capable of feeding 9 billion people by mid century — apparently isn’t big enough stuff to Mitt.

No, for Romney, “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet. I’m in this race to help the American people.” Romney has apparently missed the warming-driven rise of extreme weather that is harming the American people right now. A future in which humanity doesn’t mitigate greenhouse gases would be an unmitigated disaster for all of humanity, indeed for almost all living things (other than invasive species) — see “How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces.”

And for the record, what Obama actually said back in 2008 was:

If we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal….

Obama wasn’t making some narrow eco-pledge. He was saying he was in the race to help the American people in the short term and the long term. You can accuse Obama of  failing to fight hard enough for the climate goal — and I often do — but not for making the pledge in the first place. Romney’s remark should be enshrined in the anti-science hall of shame.

13 Responses to Romney To Biosphere: Drop Dead

  1. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I sometimes think there are 2 USAs, a well educated, thoughtful and eloquent one that appreciates the richness of the English language, the diversity of life and our place in it; and an ignorant, thoughtless and cliche-ridden one that glorifies in simplification, aggression and the elevation of USA above all else. Reality always lies between but this presidential contest is shaping up to reinforce my extremes, ME

  2. Greatgrandma Kat says:

    All of the ice melt happening right now is looked at by the Fossil Fuel backed Repugs as mana from heaven, all other disasters that we have had are just weather and only God controls that, so they are off the hook as long as the dis-information plague keeps spreading and infects enough people to slow or stop action on emissions. If they win the White House it will be humanities darkest hour.

  3. Jack Burton says:

    Romney will secure a place in history as one of the most simple minded men ever to seek the presidency in a time of growing climate crisis.
    His pledge to ignore all warning signs and his pledge to double down on fossil fuel burning is going to be written about as emblematic of the blind backwardness of a certain percentage of the American people.
    And to be blunt, we ALL know who these people are. At the risk of offending some, they are conservative republicans, radical right wingers, libertarians, followers of Ms Rand, fascists and many are christian fundamentalists. Together they are the Republican party. That party is committed to stopping any action on climate change and committed to advancing the burning of fossil fuels above any alternative energy development.
    Republicans have made a suicide pact with the fossil fuel companies to speed ahead with massive increases in fossil fuel use with no thought about the consequences.
    The history books will note that in the face of all the evidence THEY chose to ignore reality for a short term financial and political gain. Fools!

  4. Jim Cliborn says:

    So, here we are, finally: “It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.” E. Kolbert, “Field Notes…”

  5. We are all in the belly of this beast.

    We have two choices.

    1. Work together to fight our way out.
    2. Let it slowly dissolve the conditions that make human civilization possible.

    Romney cedes his capacity for rational action and condemns himself as a supporter of #2.

  6. Merrelyn Emery says:

    With respect Jack, I think the divide goes beyond the political parties. I have seen recent interviews with undecided independents who were wavering towards Romney and the vote is still close.

    I also don’t consider Romney to be simple minded in any sense except that he is power hungry and this is probably his last chance. His previous positions on health care and climate change were the opposite of those held now which indicates a more thoughful, intellectual mind than the current sloganeering and image construction suggests, ME

  7. Merrelyn Emery says:

    And if he gets in, he may well revert to his previous position when the disasters become truly catastrophic, ME

  8. Foppe says:

    Now, It is indeed different that Romney is the one saying this out loud, whereas Obama isn’t. But seriously, what has the other guy done that makes him preferable? Approve Keystone XL?

  9. Ozonator says:

    Why stop at Earth, a President Vain Romulan & Mo Ruin’s fat white horde is already working on the other planets exporting AGW –

    At ~10:08 UTC on 9/9/12, “Ozonator … 05:08 PM on 09/09/2012 … “A). … 1). … The free speech of pollution claimed by the divine, genetic rights of extremist Republicans and Christians should produce the mother of all sunspots blasted out of the nearside with CMEs and solar wind with AGW energies of tiny wormholes, on the level of X25+. … Aiming to put a big dent in Jupiter …” (“GBRWE 9/9 – 15/12”s Extreme Planetary Warnings for Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Solar/Terrestrial Flares from Human Activities”; Robert Rhodes, Supplemental; GBRWE 9/9 – 15/12, 9/8/12).

    found in, a few others, but not yet posted in Washington Times latest Willard Sooner skeptic tank effluent.

    A day later –

    “EXPLOSION ON JUPITER: Apparently, something hit Jupiter during the early hours of Sept. 10th (11:35 UT), igniting a ferocious fireball in the giant planet’s cloudtops. Amateur astronomer Dan Peterson Racine, Wisconsin, saw it first through his Meade 12″ LX200 telescope. … Another amateur astronomer, George Hall of Dallas, Texas, was video-recording Jupiter at the time, and he confirmed the fireball“ (“What’s up in Space”; Dr. Tony Phillips;, 9/11/12).

    And this is not the 1st time for a correct AGW export prediction to Jupiter by Moi.

  10. Sime says:

    Hi Jack,

    you said “At the risk of offending some”

    What has happened to the world?

    Health and safety was invented by politicians to stop people doing anything and it’s evil twin political correctness stops people saying anything because “somebody might be offended”

    So what?

    Being offended is purely subjective, it depends on upbringing, tribe or group you belong to, religion, political persuasion and life experience, and a host of other factors.

    Nothing happens after you get offended, you just sit there offended, the police won’t turn up, we don’t make laws based on it all of us just suck it up and get over ourselves. We teach children this at about the age of three…

    “Mummy, mummy he called me a moron”
    “Never mind dear, he’s an idiot, now be quiet and eat your dinner.”

    So the world climate system is at stake along with all the species on it and we are worried that someone might be offended if we say it like it is.

    Well tough!

  11. Mark Shapiro says:

    Obama’s stimulus included $90 billion for clean energy, he doubled US PV and wind production, doubled gas mileage standards.

    Not perfect. Good. And thus much, much better than the alternative.

  12. SecularAnimist says:

    As long as there’s enough of a biosphere left to support the richest one percent of human beings, Romney is fine with it. The rest of us will be ground up into Soylent Green.

  13. riverat says:

    I don’t think Romney is simple minded at all. He just wants to be President so bad he’s willing to say whatever he thinks he has to in order to get elected.