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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now officially in the race and is out and about meeting the voters in New Hampshire. These unscripted interactions are when we get to really see what a candidate thinks (or at least watch him or her squirm when asked the uncomfortable questions). For many candidates, questions about climate change unfortunately fall into the uncomfortable category. But today Romney went on record saying that there is anthropogenic climate change and that we need to act.
video courtesy of the new and wonderful Think Progress Green site.
I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, 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. I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And 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.
Such a nod to reality is by no means a call to action, but it does put Romney at odds with the head-in-the-sand views of some of his party's Tea Party supporters. On Romney's freshly minted website there is no mention of climate change or clean energy. Stay tuned to see if Romney walks back these comments in the coming days.