At a Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire on Friday, June 3rd, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massauchetts, got a lengthy question about global warming from a man in the crowd. The complete question and answer is here (video).
The relevant excerpt is:
ROMNEY:I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. ...It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.Mitt then veered the topic to energy independence and stated that he wanted to use more natural gas which also contributes to carbon emissions.
The answer raised questions in the minds of many conservative voters who are already concerned that Romney might be a RINO (Republican in name only) whom they could not trust to govern as a conservative if he were elected President. That and other concerns about the Massachusetts health care plan Romney signed into law that is a model for ObamaCare has some GOP voters looking for a STOP MITT candidate.
One name that is being talked about is Texas Governor Rick Perry. In 2007, Gov. Perry addressed the California Republican state convention and said this:
PERRY: And since when did the field of science become the sole purview of left-wing politicians? I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide.Rush Limbaugh has the audio of Perry's remarks here. Cue the player to the 5:29 mark.
Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon…but you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be good stewards of our environment. We should. I am just saying when politics hijack science, it quells true scientific debate and can have dire consequences for our future.
Perry's speech in California, which was a full frontal attack on liberalism, included this excerpt which some may feel applies to Romney:
It’s a sad, sad state of affairs when liberals campaign like Republicans to get elected, and Republicans govern like liberals to be loved. We need to hold the line on what it means to be a Republican which is, of course: being conservative. If you see a candidate who wants to tax like a Democrat, regulate like a Democrat, and educate like a Democrat, they should not have the honor of being called a Republican.Perry has been hinting he might make a run for the nomination. Whether he does or not, let's hope Romney is asked to be even more specific about his views on global warming and energy use before the primary season begins!
Nor should they be elected by Republicans.