Al Gore: “Good for Mitt Romney, though we’ve long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis”

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The Nobel prize-winning former vice president — and top vote getter in the 2000 presidential election — has some praise on his blog for a man who seeks to get the most (electoral) votes in 2012:

Good for Mitt Romney — though we’ve long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis

While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party:

“It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming?”

“The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides, could easily have said what he knew many in his party’s base wanted to hear.”

“Instead, the former Massachusetts governor stuck to the position he has held for many years — that he believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to it.”

The Politico says of Gore’s post:

Mitt Romney on Wednesday got a big thumbs up for his stance on global warming from a source that likely won’t help him at all in the GOP primary: Al Gore.

In any case, Romney’s  relatively accurate understanding of climate science —  and his statement “it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases” — has not led him to embrace any policies  that would actually reduce emissions (see Romney: “We’re going to use our coal resources”).

TP’s Judd Legum writes:

Of course, the real question is not whether global warming exists but what we are going to do about it. Romney previously embraced a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, calling it “good for business.” But, like most of the rest of the GOP field, he’s since reversed his position.

Somewhat tangentially, I would note that you don’t have to have a neat desk  to win a Nobel Prize — going by this picture in Gore’s post:

Former Vice President Al Gore in his home office in Nashville, TN. (Time magazine)

“Former Vice President Al Gore in his home office in Nashville, TN. (Time magazine)”

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