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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage at his convention last night and told a joke mocking climate change and President Obama's desire to address the issue.
Political party conventions have been meaningful and historic events at times such as when President Franklin Roosevelt's unveiled the New Year and Ronald Reagan made his 1976 debut as a bulwark against perceived government excesses. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage at his convention last night and told a joke mocking climate change and President Obama's desire to address the issue.
Romney acknowledged the significance of climate change science when he was trying to appeal to moderate voters in 2007, but now he has fully reversed himself and climbed into the far right's clown car. The candidate quipped, "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. [Pause, Laughter.] My promise is to help you and your family."
Cute joke, but the red herring debate about the issue is being eclipsed by extreme weather events. Vast swaths of the United States are experiencing drought, which prominent NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen has linked to human activity. 2012 was also the warmest year on record.
Greenland's surface ice melted in July, and a new study by scientists writing in the journal Nature is warning about the impending release of a massive vein of methane - a potent greenhouse gas - from Antarctica's melting glaciers. Last year, scientists were able to link extreme weather events to rising global temperatures. And Mitt Romney made a funny.
The bigger joke is the hypocritical nature of tonight's statement. Mitt Romney knows better, and the world is watching his refusal act on the unfolding climate crisis.
Watch a video of a more thoughtful rendition of Mitt Romney advocating a global solution to climate change, before the Republican party's politics tilted to the fringe and conspiratorial beliefs triumphed over reason:
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Aug 30, 2012
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*Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses. *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations. *Socialist Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a newly elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (death). *Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier. Vote Dem or your kids will die in a CO2 hell? This was progressive? It just gives votes to Romney now after 26 years of failing support and Liberal fear mongering. Talk about false wars!!! So the scientists just sit there and watch the global support for saving the planet with CO2 mitigation slip by and they still after 26 years of warnings refuse to say any crisis "WILL" happen, only that it might happen and could happen and will "likely" happen. Not one single IPCC warning of crisis was without "maybes". Science has played its last hand and gone all in and now is the time for the millions in the global scientific community to start acting like their kids are doomed as well as ours to a "climate crisis". Exaggeration was never a crime, for now.
The fact that Obama made climate change related promises and did not keep them. Here is one example. Coal miner unions backed Obama with money and man power in 2008. While they are not backing Romney in 2012, nor are they backing Obama. The coal miner unions, with their substantial money and manpower, are sitting out 2012 because of Obamas broken promises to support clean coal use and expand the funding of CO2 sequestration research. Instead he has the EPA shutting down otherwise clean coal power plants over high CO2 emissions, blocking new cleaner burning coal plants from being built and cutting budget funding to CO2 sequestration research. Of course he never tried to get budgets passed in nearly 4 years in office so he cannot blame anyone but himself for the funding cuts. All of which has reduced demand for coal and triggered massive layoffs in the coal fields.
Whether or not you disagree with him, this satirical photo is in very poor taste for a presidential candidate. Would CBS show such a photo of the other candidate (Obama), and how much righteous indignation would that cause? The rules about respect are the same no matter whom you support.
Its unbelievable to me how the news media takes these speeches and turns them all around. He did'nt say anything about what your article above says. He said he was more concerned with families than he was woth water levels? what planet were you on last night along with the rest of Obamas new Media. You guys are the reason that jack A Roo won...look what you've accomplished in the past three years....Nothing... Tell the new take your personal opionion out of it or find another job...maybe you can work at GM Jamestown Wisconsin.
Science is underrating the problem I don't see 100 years for planet going south I see it in full swing in 50 years if not less. The reality that scientist when it comes to science are conservative has made the delusional people think they are safe in their life time and that is really all they care about.
Scientists are fundamentally conservative (in the sense that they don't want to overstate their case). The problem they have is that the current warming has no real analogs in the past. It is different in the rate that greenhouse gases (especially CO2) are increasing and the rate that warming is increasing. That makes it difficult to say "When this happened in the past that was the result". The fact is most predictions about global warming from scientists have undershot what is actually occurring in the real world. One glaring example is the Arctic sea ice this year which has set a new record minimum decades ahead of what cryologists were saying even 5 years ago when the IPCC AR4 was released.
... has more to do with the glut of natural gas and the increase in natural gas generation of electricity than it does with anything Obama has done. Many coal generation facilities are getting very old and it may not be cost effective to keep them running any longer. So they are being retired.
This guy and his VP mate are a joke have you listen to their talks, its retarded, bigoted and misogynistic. Please comment after you have listen to these people. I doubt they are really like that, but that how they sound and seem to be acting for the fans.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T That's why so many conservatives have been pasting a mocking image of Obama as the Batman's Joker, from the day he was inaugurated.
then you had better be concerned about climate change. The outlook for 25, 50 and 100 years from now just keeps getting grimmer.
(In the fine example of double-negatives) I didn't: - not stop the hemorrhaging of jobs and GDP; - not complete the pull out of American forces in Iraq; - not kill or capture the leading Al Qaeda figures, including Osama Bin Laden; - not manage to offer the right amount of support short of boots on the ground, to help topple autocracies throughout the Middle-East; - not manage to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons; - not pass the first major healthcare reform that... ----- allowed young adults up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' healthcare insurance; ----- removed the lifetime benefits cap that ensured congenital illnesses didn't bankrupt Americans; ----- stopped rescissions and denials for pre-existing conditions; ----- created a tax cut for small businesses to offer health care coverage; ----- set up health care insurance exchanges so that small businesses can find affordable plans that are price-competitive with large companies; ----- stopped the government giveaway (read big profits) for private Medicare (Medicare Advantage program); - not prevent the exportation of jobs and implosion of the American auto industry; - not challenge China in the WTO for their hoarding and discriminatory policies on rare earth metals; - not cut federal spending for the last three quarters; - not delve into a comprehensive immigration policy, despite Republican attempts to block all discussions in Congress; - not deal with Medicare growth, without the help of a single Republican, despite their prior agreement on the plan; - not attempt to push through greater transparency in campaign finance, through the DISCLOSE Act; - not threaten a veto that slammed the door shut on PIPA/SOPA. Invisible President Barack Obama P.S. There was a lot that I didn't not do, that I don't not want you to vote for me.
Unfortunately for the miners their jobs will go the way of buggy whip makers. It's just a matter of time. I consider the words "clean coal" to be an oxymoron. As far as Obama's support for clean coal technology it was part of the stimulus act (properly known at the American Recover and Renewal Act of 2009). See here: http://energy.gov/downloads/recovery-act-clean-coal-power-initiative