November 2 News: Romney Literally Maintains Silence When Confronted On Climate Change

Mitt Romney stood silently as an activist interrupted the GOP presidential candidate’s event in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Thursday afternoon, to ask why he’s been ignoring the connection between climate change and Hurricane Sandy. The former Massachusetts governor quietly smiled, while the man held up a sign that read “End Climate Silence,” and resumed his stump speech without ever addressing the issue [ThinkProgress]:

Mike Castle, former governor and congressman in Delaware, said at an event hosted by Climate Desk: “I believe that my party, the Republican Party, needs to do a much better job of making sure that we are examining the science … It’s been a little bit of an overreaction of rejection of what probably is true science. Maybe it’s not 100 percent science, but it’s true science and indeed the country can advance more if we would pay attention to that.” [The Hill]

“Climate change is to the Republican base what leprosy once was to healthy humans — untouchable and unmentionable. Their party is financed by people whose fortunes are dependent upon denying that humans have caused the earth’s weather patterns to change for the worse.” [NYT]

Canadian oil companies are rethinking mining the Alberta tar sands due to increased competition in North America and rising costs. [WSJ]

Mitt Romney is running ads on gas pumps to falsely claim prices “doubled” under Obama. [Detroit Free Press]

Weeks before Romney shifted his position on climate change in 2011, he actively sought the David Koch’s of Koch Industries endorsement. Did Romney shift his climate stance to appeal to the Koch brothers? [PR Watch]

The capability of weather forecasters to predict the track of hurricanes with accuracy is at danger. The science allowing communities to prepare and evacuate could be lose because of mismanagement and federal budget cuts over the past decade. [NYT]

8 Responses to November 2 News: Romney Literally Maintains Silence When Confronted On Climate Change

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    must see vid… Mitt for President! Yikes!

    Mitt Romney speaking about Mormon faith (off the air)
    Mitt Romney gets a bit defensive when Mormon beliefs are brought up. Mormon beliefs about the second coming:

  2. Joan Savage says:

    Hurricane Sandy Act II: The Aftermath Puts Government (and Bloomberg) on Trial
    (David Rohde)

    The next few days in the Hurricane Sandy disaster zones decide Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s legacy and change the debate on government effectiveness

  3. Will Fox says:

    @Paul, Your first link is just the YouTube homepage.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    To stay silent on the most impacting topic for our civilization shows really weak leadership.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    The fingerprint of human-induced changes in the ocean’s salinity and temperature fields

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Scientific fraud is rife: it’s time to stand up for good science
    The way we fund and publish science encourages fraud. A forum about academic misconduct aims to find practical solutions

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The tragically ironic truth is that scientific malfeasance, fraud and misrepresentation are rife where there are pecuniary rewards to be extracted from corporations who wish to peddle useless, harmful, or over-priced goods and services. Yet the Rightwing MSM ignores much of the evidence ( as with the harmful effects of GE crops, or the inefficacy of many medicines)in the interests of business profitability, while manufacturing non-existent ‘scandals’ regarding climate science, which is one of the most rigorously reviewed fields of scientific endeavour. As ever the MSM act disgracefully.