Sunday, November 20, 2011

Via Climate Progress: Can Romney Beat Obama? Questions Abound As Likely GOP Nominee Doubles Down on Denial

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 07:11 AM PST
Mitt Romney has consistently been the candidate of the 1%:
“Mitt Romney’s Money Shot,” as The Atlantic puts it.  Photo: Bain Capital/The Boston Globe
Intrade prediction markets puts Romney’s chances of being the GOP Presidential nominee at 69.5% as the rest of the field implodes and unelectable Newt Gingrich (!) is the latest to surge.
Romney is moving to the right on core issues that matter to the Tea Party like climate change.  In October, Romney started flipping to denial (see Likely GOP Nominee Asserts, “We Don’t Know What’s Causing Climate Change”).
But now he’s started pushing the truly inane hard-core denier talking points, as the Boston Globe reports today:
Discussing climate change in response to an audience question, he mocked the notion of asking the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
“I exhale carbon dioxide,’’ Romney said. “I don’t want those guys following me around with a meter to see if I’m breathing too hard.’’
Seriously.  This from a guy who, just in June, said “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.”
Why is Romney pandering to the most extreme part of the GOP when he just about has the race sewed up, and the rest of the general public believes in global warming and climate action?
Intrade has Obama at almost dead even to be reelected — 50.5%.  Who do you think will be the next President?
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