Mitt Romney is a climate denier who says solar and wind power aren’t “real energy,” but ignoring Earth Day is low even for him. Instead of even making a cursory pretense at acknowledging the 42nd celebration of the international awareness day, Romney spent the day after Earth Day at Consol Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal companies.
A billion-dollar natural gas and coal company, Consol happens to be one of Romney’s largest campaign donors, as well as a rampant water polluter. In 2011 alone, the company paid more than $200 million in fines and settlements for violating the Clean Water Act.
Monday, Romney visited a Consol-owned building and gave a speech praising dirty coal power, attacking vital environmental safeguards in the process.