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article imageMitt Romney believes in global warming, says humans 'contribute'

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 24, 2015 in Politics
The man who took the Republican banner into the last U.S. Presidential election told a conference last week that he believes in global warming. He even suggested humans played a role.
Romney: humans part of global warming
"I’m one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," Romney told a conference Wednesday night. "On both sides of the aisle, we just haven’t been able to take on and try and make progress on the major issues of the day."
Romney was speaking at an investment management conference in Salt Lake City when he acknowledged global warming, something he also did in a 2010 book when he wrote "human activity is a contributing factor."
This latest acknowledgement comes on the same day the Senate, controlled by his party, voted down a resolution that said climate change was caused by humans. The Senate passed by 98 to 1 a resolution that stated climate change was real, a departure from their old line of saying it was a hoax, but they weren't up to passing one that said humans played a role in it.
Naturally, that could lead to failing to address areas where human activity is considered to be causing global warming. Reports have indicated that the United States alone is responsible for up to 27 percent of the plant's global warming through activities that lead to the burning of fossil fuels.
Global warming and the GOP
A tact that has been observed being used by Republicans of late is to answer questions about global warming by stating something along the lines of 'I am not a scientist' which allows them to neither deny it, which even party supporters voice disapproval over GOP politicians doing, nor acknowledge it. President Barack Obama dealt with that in his State of the Union address last week.
"I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists, that we don’t have enough information to act," Obama said. "Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at Nasa, and Noaa, and at our major universities."
While Romney touched upon global warming during his speech to the 3,000 attendees at the conference Wednesday, one thing he did not talk about was his intentions with regard running in the next U.S. Presidential election in 2016.
He has lately let potential investors know he may try a third time to gain the country's highest office.
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