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Monday, February 4, 2008

A new climate change champion?

Dr. Tim Ball & Tom Harris note that "among average Americans, fears of climate change Armageddon is anything but universal" and propose that Telling the truth about global warming offers Romney support from a vast constituency

With Senator John McCain so firmly entrenched in the alarmist camp, this would seem to offer a significant opportunity to McCain’s only serious rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Romney has done the best job among candidates in avoiding the use of environmental extremist language. However, his opposition to schemes such as the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act has been based only on economics, particularly the colossal trade disadvantage such legislation would impose on the U.S.

While Romney’s argument is correct as far as it goes – imposing draconian carbon dioxide restrictions on the US while 4/5th of the world’s population who live in developing countries continue to industrialize without such limits would indeed ship jobs and wealth overseas – this point is not sufficient. Most conscientious Americans want to do their part to help address serious global problems. By explaining that human-induced climate change is trivial, or at least highly speculative, Romney has the opportunity to sway many more Republicans, and eventually Americans of all political persuasions, to support his presidential bid.
via Canada Free Press

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