Just ask his staff:
A Romney aide said the candidate has not altered his position on climate change.
Here’s Romney in June:
“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.”
Here’s Romney yesterday:
“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is. I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans. What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to. I do not believe in cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap on polluting industries.“
If the lamestream media would stop twisting his words they’d see that Romney’s position is perfectly consistent.
He believes humans are contributing to climate change and that we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and he doesn’t know if climate change is caused by humans so he opposes all efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In all seriousness, here’s what I think is happening. Romney knows climate change is caused by humans, but after seeing recent polling showing that Perry’s climate change denial is earning him support, he is flip-flopping his way back to a position the Republican base can live with.
Update — Jed Lewison has similar thoughts.
Updaet 2 — Here’s how Dan Amira at NY Mag puts it:
It’s not a total flip-flop, just a slight shift towards a philosophy that distrusts scientific evidence that doesn’t conform to the ideology of the Republican base. It’s hard to believe it has nothing to do with Perry’s emergence. Romney was the most popular guy in high school — well liked, good grades, obviously going places — until a badass rebel from the next town over transferred and started getting all the girls’ attention. Now Romney is sassing his teachers for the first time and trying to stifle his coughs as he smokes cigarettes out back behind the gymnasium.
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