Mitt Romney: No apologies on climate change stanceI remember getting this queasy feeling in the stomach back when George W. Bush was running for the Republican nod in 2000 and he went out of his way to distance himself from the base of the party by declaring that he's not like us, he's a "compassionate conservative." Which turned out to be indistinguishable from a big-spending liberal.
By Darren Samuelsohn, Politico
Mitt Romney won't be doing any apology tours on climate change.
The early GOP presidential front-runner has broken with his party's conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions.
But the former Massachusetts governor is also quick to trash cap and trade, carbon taxes and other controversial policies that have been kicked around over the last decade in Washington.
In a sense, Romney's initial global warming stance sounds a lot like that of former President George W. Bush, who during his two terms reluctantly accepted climate science while fighting Democrats and environmentalists over what to do about it.
"He realizes it's an issue. It's an issue that's real,” said Jeff Holmstead, a former Bush EPA air pollution official and Romney supporter who doesn't have an official role in the campaign. “But I think he's not convinced that the ideas that the environmental community are putting forward is a sensible way of dealing with it." [link]
So now we have Mitt Romney brandishing his bona fides (I guess) by distancing himself from the base of his party in order to ... well, I have no idea. But I don't like it.
Can a call for a new prescription drug benefit and RomneyCare U.S.A. be far behind?