ROUND 2: Romney vs. Planet Earth

ROUND 2: Romney vs. Planet Earth

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Schmahl Spew

Edmond, OK

#1 Sep 10, 2012
Mitt Romney outraged environmental activists on Sunday, telling NBC's David Gregory, "I'm not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet," during an interview on "Meet the Press."

"The reason I'm in this race is to help people," Romney said. "I'm not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet. I'm in this race to help the American people."

Romney made similar remarks during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last month, where he declared to a cheering crowd, "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise ... is to help you and your family."

Romney's RNC remarks sparked outrage among many climate activists, although some supporters argued that Romney was taking a simple dig at President Barack Obama. In his 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, Obama said, "We will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment ... when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

Environmental activists condemned Romney's remarks on "Meet the Press." Climate scientist Michael Mann, author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars," wrote in an e-mail to The Huffington Post, "It is disconcerting that a major party presidential candidate would show such wanton disregard for the health of our environment. Mr. Romney says he wants to 'help the American people.' Yet he mocks concern over human-caused climate change, arguably the greatest threat humanity has ever faced."

Daniel Kessler, spokesperson for climate campaign 350.org , said it was ironic that Romney wants to help Americans, but not the planet Americans inhabit.

"Mr. Romney can crack all the jokes that he wants to, but his cynicism won't solve the problem," Kessler wrote to HuffPost. "Half of the country is in drought, and NASA and says it's linked to climate change. If Mr. Romney finds that funny, then I think it's appropriate for people to question his leadership and commitment to truly helping the American people."

Romney's stance on anthropogenic climate change has wavered over the years. He recently acknowledged that humans contribute to global warming, but added "there remains a lack of scientific consensus."

The 2012 Republican platform mentions "climate change" once, to downplay the issue's severity. The 2012 Democratic platform addresses climate change as "one of the biggest threats of this generation," although climate activists have criticized the platform as weaker on climate legislation than the party's 2008 platform.

Obama challenged the RNC and Romney at the Democratic National Convention with his declaration that "Climate change is not a hoax."

"More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke," Obama said in his speech. "They’re a threat to our children’s future."

Reports suggest that climate change will bring more droughts, wildfires and worsening storms.
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 10, 2012
The Republicans don't believe in science. Just conspiracy theories.
jerry

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 10, 2012
Most teabaggers can't even SPELL science.
Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Sep 10, 2012
jerry wrote:
Most teabaggers can't even SPELL science.
Stupid Libs. As if I want my children or their children to die from pollution. You dumb asses.

However, if you could arrange for Slew to have polluted water and air...I'm all for it. In fact, I'd contribute to any cause that would do in the Sludge.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#5 Sep 10, 2012
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Stupid Libs. As if I want my children or their children to die from pollution. You dumb asses.
However, if you could arrange for Slew to have polluted water and air...I'm all for it. In fact, I'd contribute to any cause that would do in the Sludge.
Poor slow child, I get free rent and you have something to occupy your empty head. Currently, I'm using it for a garbage dumb, did you notice ??? LMAOROTFu~!
Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 10, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
<quoted text>Poor slow child, I get free rent and you have something to occupy your empty head. Currently, I'm using it for a garbage dumb, did you notice ??? LMAOROTFu~!
The Spell Check Queen is a "garbage dumb". LMAOROLFu ~!!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#7 Sep 10, 2012
Poor boob, admits a head full of garbage and losing the race... I guess you have a right to be a sore loser, loser...
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#8 Sep 10, 2012
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Stupid Libs. As if I want my children or their children to die from pollution. You dumb asses.
However, if you could arrange for Slew to have polluted water and air...I'm all for it. In fact, I'd contribute to any cause that would do in the Sludge.
I like violent thoughts, they feel so "right" wing nut...
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Sep 11, 2012
The Republicans don't believe in science. Just conspiracy theories.
Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 11, 2012
Bob wrote:
The Republicans don't believe in science. Just conspiracy theories.
Another brilliant fact filled statement from Bob of Many Names, also known as El Stupido. Got any more gems there?

How about this?

Libs don't believe that all people are created equal. They say whites are superior to all other minorities.
Miss Piggy

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 11, 2012
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Another brilliant fact filled statement from Bob of Many Names, also known as El Stupido. Got any more gems there?
How about this?
Libs don't believe that all people are created equal. They say whites are superior to all other minorities.
Divert and deflect.

Oh, and ask any black which party is bigoted.

The last poll I saw: 94% of blacks supported Obama, and 0% supported Romney.
Perry

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Sep 11, 2012
Miss Piggy wrote:
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Divert and deflect.
Oh, and ask any black which party is bigoted.
The last poll I saw: 94% of blacks supported Obama, and 0% supported Romney.
So you're saying blacks are racist.
Larry

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Sep 11, 2012
The Republicans don't believe in science. Just conspiracy theories.
goose

Chicago, IL

#14 Sep 11, 2012
You mean like you Larry, believing the conspiracy that that Republicans don't believe in science.

“Earn it one day at a time”

Since: Sep 09

Madison WI

#15 Sep 11, 2012
When asked "what is the science"?, liberals respond "oh I meant a best guess".

Obama has the black community unemployed and in poberty at the greatest levels since FDR.....oh but he cares
Arch on Schmahl

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Sep 11, 2012
Jeffrey MacDonald wrote:
When asked "what is the science"?, liberals respond "oh I meant a best guess".
Obama has the black community unemployed and in poberty at the greatest levels since FDR.....oh but he cares
Divert and deflect.

No wait - I'm taking it one step further!

"Divert, deflect and drink vodka".

Yes!!!! That's it!!! I'm an evil teabagging genius!!!
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Sep 12, 2012
The Republicans don't believe in science. Just conspiracy theories
Conspiracy

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Sep 12, 2012
Science oh you betcha. The chevy Volt which losses $49,000 on each vehicle will fix mother earth. So will more food stamps.

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