Ask Romney to renounce his Cap and Tax, ethanol schemes
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday his bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
And some environmental radicals are giddy.
Well, there’s this 2005 story from the Boston Globe:
Governor Mitt Romney signaled his support yesterday for a regional agreement among Northeastern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite opposition from power companies and other business interests that have been lobbying the administration against the plan.
In opening remarks to a clean-energy conference in Boston, Romney said the first-of-its-kind agreement, under which Massachusetts and eight other states could be required to cut power plant emissions by 2020, will not hurt the economy, as some have charged. He argued that it would spur businesses to develop clean- and renewable-energy technology to market worldwide.
”This is a great thing for the Commonwealth,” Romney said, his strongest endorsement of the pact to date. ”We can effectively create incentives to help stimulate a sector of the economy and at the same time not kill jobs.”
”I’m convinced it is good business,” Romney said. [Boston Globe, 11/8/05]
The “Mother Nature Network” also reports:
“As governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported a carbon-trading pact among Northeastern states that, like his health care bill, served as a potential model for a national version. Romney even said of the plan, “I am convinced it is good for business.” Of carbon emissions in general, Romney said, “These carbon-emissions limits will provide real and immediate progress.” But in just a few short years, Romney’s cap-and-trade feelings shifted. “We’re going to move our new facilities from the U.S. to China, where they don’t have those agreements. You end up polluting and putting just as much CO2 in the air because the big energy users go there. That’s why these ideas make sense, but only on a global basis. They don’t call it ‘America warming.’ They call it ‘global warming.’”…
“..When it comes to subsidies for corn-based ethanol as a domestic energy source, Romney has been more consistent. Speaking in Iowa recently, he told a voter “I support the subsidy of ethanol; I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” For Romney, the endorsement of ethanol subsidies doesn’t jibe with his usual “market-based” approach to energy, but as the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner explains, the former governor may simply have to dig in his heels for the sake of staying consistent. “As we’ve seen with his refusal to renounce his Massachusetts health care plan, Romney is eager to avoid the ‘flip flopper’ label that dogged him last time, and he’s willing to stick with positions that will open him up to attacks. Of course, this doesn’t get him off the hook from all of the shifts in his positions in his last campaign, but it does mean that he doesn’t want to do anything to reinforce the perception that he’s inauthentic.”
Contact Governor Romney here (http://www.mittromney.com/contact). Tell him to formally renounce all support for ethanol welfare programs and the “man-made global warming” hoax.
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