Etch-A-Sketch Mitt At His Worst on Climate Change

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?

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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One Response to Etch-A-Sketch Mitt At His Worst on Climate Change

  1. 2much says:

    One word at a time, this candidate has been telling the whole world why he would be the worst possible choice for the position he seeks. I am hoping that the debates will help him to complete this simple task. Despite what Ann says, it is not hard.

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