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And then there was one. Jon Huntsman is now the only remaining candidate who understands the importance of respecting science. Mitt Romney had previously roused the hopes of sentient, rational-thinking persons everywhere when he bluntly explained at a campaign stop in New Hampshire that yes, scientists say humans are causing the planet to warm. Not only that, but he followed the statement up with this: "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 global warming that you're seeing."
He didn't actually support doing anything specific about it, but hey, he had the right idea -- acknowledging what the scientific community regards as "settled" and "unequivocal", and encouraging (vague) action. But alas! No more ... Here's Reuters (via Climate Progress):
Aaaaand cue what's perhaps the lamest response in Romney's storied legacy of muddled flip-floppery: "I dunno."Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in danger of losing his 2012 Republican primary front-runner status, [said] on Wednesday he would not place restrictions on carbon emissions if elected...."What I'm not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don't know the answer to."
"Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah, I don't know that but I think that it is," he said. "I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans."
The sad thing is, the far-right GOP base he's pandering to will probably be more comfortable with Romney's latest assertion -- that he has no idea what he's talking about, no capacity to learn the answer, and no intention to do anything about it once he does -- than it was when he chose to have his position reflect the science.