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Mitt Romney: Humans contribute to climate change

06 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change, General Political

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney acknowledged Sunday a belief that climate change exists and that it can be attributed to human behavior, the Boston Globe reports.

“I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course,’’ said Romney during a New Hampshire town hall meeting. “But I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that . . . so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.’’ 

Romney continued to oppose cap-and-trade style programs as a method to reduce carbon emissions, favoring instead policies to promote alternative energy investment and methods of conserving energy resources. 

However, not all of Romney’s energy proposals were entirely environmentally friendly. In addition to pursuing wind and solar energy, Romney pledged to pursue more offshore oil drilling, natural gas and nuclear energy. “We can’t just say it’s going to be all solar and wind,’’ he said.

Americans overall are increasingly looking towards clean energy sources and greater energy efficiency in order to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, reduce pollution and save money. However, the Pew Research center has found that among Staunch Conservatives—those who are more likely to vote in the primaries—nearly 75 percent refuse to acknowledge the existence of global warming. 

To date, Romney is the only announced Republican presidential candidate that has indicated a consistent belief in climate change. Jon M. Huntsman, who has not yet announced whether or not he will run for President, has also recognized the existence of climate change. Other Republican presidential hopefuls, Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty, although having made strong stances acknowledging climate change in the past, both recently recanted their affirmations and argued that the impacts of climate change have been exaggerated.

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