"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]