A lot of electrons have been moved bemoaning the phrase “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that” uttered by by Mitt Romney in response to a question on global warming. Over at Power Line Blog, the response Romney should’ve given is neatly summarize in hundreds of words.
Look, as one of the “deniers” who sees through the science fraud and can point to solid evidence that should convince anyone that the Global Warming doomsayers are making it up, I cannot disagree with the substance of what Mitt Romney said.
One, “I believe the world is getting warmer.” OK, I have no way of knowing whether it is getting warmer or colder, since I don’t know how any can take the temperature of the entire earth accurately. Certainly, average temperature is meaningless. However, you are free to believe what you want, and here he says he BELIEVES the world is getting warmer. This is not a scientific statement, and I can’t condemn anyone who believes in nonsense of one sort or another, as long as it is harmless. Simply believing the earth is getting warmer is harmless. I don’t hold it against my friends that they believe the earth is getting warmer, anymore than they believe in the Big Bang or in monkeys-to-men evolution. I’m fine having a Baptist, a Jew, or a Muslim in the Oval Office, whose beliefs differ from my most sincere beliefs very much so.
Two, “I believe humans have contributed to that”. Again, a BELIEF.
The only question I care about is what Romney intends to do on climate policy. His stance? Don’t enact Cap & Trade & allow the free market to innovate as needed. The man could be accept every scientific claim of AGW theory and I wouldn’t care as long as he intends not to impose his will on the people, anymore than I’d care if a Muslim got into the White House as long as he intends not to impose his will on the people.
Nothing more needs to be said. It doesn’t matter what he believes, as long as he believes the answers lie within the free market, not government bureaucracy.
What we have in office today is a man who believes he has the power to dictate to the three hundred some odd million Americans how they should live their lives. I don’t care what scientific fact that he cites for justification to do so, I BELIEVE anyone who thinks like that deserves no part in our government.
I don’t expect Mitt Romney to argue about global warming on the campaign trail. I shudder to think anyone would want a scientific debate to be settled on any campaign trail. Campaigns are for rallying your political allies and diminishing your political opponents. Campaigns are for putting people who will protect your rights at the expense of government in office. Isn’t religion and beliefs irrelevant in all of that? If Mitt Romney’s moderate stance on the issue of AGW earns him 1% more votes from the left and middle, then by golly, I’m proud that we have a candidate who believes in something other people agree with, even if I don’t share his beliefs!