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Politico: Romney’s climate change remark makes waves
By Alex Guillen
8/30/12 11:29 PM EDT
Mitt Romney took a shot at President Barack Obama’s climate change position during his acceptance speech Thursday.
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet,” Romney said after accepting the GOP’s presidential nomination in Tampa, drawing laughter from the crowd. “My promise is to help you and your family.”
The line received a standing ovation.
Romney was referring to now-famous remarks Obama made in 2008 after securing the Democratic nomination. “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children … this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
A needless slam on science? That’s how it appeared to Penn State climate researcher Michael Mann.
“How sad it is to witness such fallacious logic from a major party candidate for president,” Mann, one of the nation’s best-known climate researchers, told POLITICO. “If we do not take the necessary actions to combat climate change now, we will of course be leaving our children and grandchildren the legacy of a degraded planet.”
Marc Morano, publisher of the climate skeptic blog Climate Depot, predicted that Romney’s line from Thursday’s speech will be memorable.
“Kudos to Romney for an accurate framing of the global warming debate,” he said. “Romney’s quip will serve to remind voters just how lofty Obama’s rhetoric once was. Romney’s reminder of Obama’s promise to command the oceans will be one of the most memorable lines of the speech.”
Romney’s speech also included a reiteration of his promise to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 “by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.”
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Climate Depot’s Morano additional comment: “But, It is just possible that Obama has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men — since sea levels actually cooperated with Obama’s pledge!”
See: Flashback: Planet Healer Obama Calls It: In 2008, he declared his presidency would result in ‘the rise of the oceans beginning to slow’ — And By 2011, Sea Level Drops! — Obama ‘presided over what some scientists are terming an ‘historic decline’ in global sea levels’ — ‘Obama should declare ‘mission accomplished’ and take credit!’
Other warmists react to Romney’s comment on sea level:
Warmists at ‘Climate Science Watch’: ‘Extraordinary anti-environmental science moment at GOP -convention’ — Romney was referring back to a time when Obama actually talked a bit about taking seriously what we are learning from scientific research and beginning to address threats to the future of our children and grandchildren posed by global climatic disruption and the degradation of the global environment. In the face of a mountain of evidence, do Romney and the delegates intend to subject the country to a future of mocking rejection of such environmental and scientific concerns?
Climate Depot Response to Climate Science Watch: “Let’s hope so! A mocking rejection of any claims that a U.S. president can control sea level is the only response that is appropriate. After all, we have advanced past medieval witchcraft — or have we?!”
Warmist Joe Romm: ‘Romney Mocks Obama’s Pledge To Address Global Warming — As GOP Delegates Laugh At The Whole Notion’ — Romm: ‘If the Obama people were to take this comment seriously, not just ignore or dismiss it as a nasty crack, but take it seriously as a policy matter, they really could have a winning issue in some swing states…Chris Hayes on MSNBC rightly says the audience laughter at the whole notion of fighting sea level rise will some day ‘be in documentaries as a moment of just ‘what-were-they-thinking’ madness. ‘Hear! Hear!
Climate Depot Response: “The world needs to laugh at Obama’s pledge to control sea level. Anything short of mockery is unacceptable. ‘What were they thinking’ by laughing? They were thinking about how inane and superstitious both Obama and believers in man-made climate fears have become. Acts of the UN and Congress cannot control the weather!”