This guest post is by Daniel Kessler, Communications Manager for 350.org.
On Thursday night, Mitt Romney will accept the Republican nomination for president. His speech will no doubt concentrate on his core campaign themes—growing our economy, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class.If past is prologue he will not mention climate change. After all, there's no mention of climate change on Romney's website; and his energy plan, which he released last week to little fanfare, also ignores the biggest issue facing the country and the world.
With three months to go, it's still a mystery what Romney really thinks about climate change, and what he would do about it if he were elected. At 350.org we want to know, so we started a petition to ask Romney two simple questions:
1. Do you disagree with the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet?
2. If so, what do you plan to do to solve the climate crisis if you are elected President?
These questions shouldn't be too difficult to answer. Every government agency—that's the same government that Romney wants to run—including NASA, the EPA, and NOAA all of have said that humans are warming the planet and that strong action is needed.
When Romney does talk much about global warming, his words are down right scary. He calls cap and trade, a Republican idea, a "radical feel-good" policy that would have "devastating results for people across the planet." He has said that on Day 1 of his administration that he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring 900,000 barrels of the world’s dirtiest oil, tar sands crude from Canada, down through the US for export.
He also wants to maintain subsidies for fossil fuel companies; end the wind production tax credit (PTC) that allows the wind sector, which now employs more people than the coal does, to compete with electricity from fossil fuels; and take away the EPA's ability to regulate CO2.
If you're wondering, President Obama has the opposite positions on all of these issues, and just today raised fuel economy to 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.
Please take a minute and sign 350.org's petition to Romney. We'll deliver it for you to his campaign HQ in September and let you know what he says. Thanks.