It is a matter of public record that Willard Mitt Romney has changed his position, sometimes again and again, on virtually all major issues confronting him through his several quests to be elected to political offices, from his race for the US Senate, to his election as Massachusetts governor, and now in his bid for the Presidency. No greater issue currently confronts mankind than that of climate change, and Willard has followed the gop progression on the issue, backtracking from his original acceptance of reality, to his current disbelief, as bought and paid for by the energy industry and other mega corporations. His people.
Few people remember that in the earliest days of the first george w bush administration, climate change was treated as not just reality, but as a major issue that required concerted effort and quick solutions. Then in stepped the oil industry and their voice in the administration, Dick Cheney. Seeing what was happening within the bush White House regarding scientific investigation and the likelihood of greenhouse gas omission regulation, Lee Raymond, CEO of ExxonMobil got hold of his good buddy Cheney, and the result was Cheney’s putting a complete stop to all administration efforts to investigate and regulate for a better world. At the same time, Raymond and his energy industry buddies began their massive financial backing of pseudo-research aimed at creating their own set of “facts” denying climate change. All of this is well documented in detail in Steve Coll’s great book, “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”, the story of how ExxonMobil became the world’s richest and most powerful entity.
Mr. Etch-A-Sketch, whether whether consciously or unconsciously, underwent a similar conversion. As governor of Massachusetts, he had environmental scientists develop a state climate change action plan and even put into effect a regional cap-and-trade system. He even went so far, as late as 2010, to include in his book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” this statement that now seems surreal: “I believe that climate change is occurring … I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor”
Yet today Willard says he is “unsure” of climate change, and has strenuously advocated for stepped up coal mining and reliance on that and other fossil fuels. He has gone so far as to actually allege that President Obama is waging a war on coal, presumably by virtue of the promulgation of environmental safety regulations. Willard has said he would immediately end Obama administration regulations that have restricted coal production, and others restricting carbon dioxide and mercury emissions. Willard has also said he would block requirements of increased gasoline mileage standards due to become effective over the next decade plus. Too onerous for the poor, picked-upon oil giants, that barely survive with their $20 Billion, $30 Billion, or $40 Billion per year profits.
Oh, don’t forget his plants to open up national parks to oil, gas and coal production, including his once-stated proposition to basically give national parks to the states and let them do what they want with the land.
Teddy Roosevelt, where are you when we need you?