Romney on Warming

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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!

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4 Responses to “Romney on Warming”

  1. tensor Says:

    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.

    You’re fine with his believing something which is (according to you) obviously false? What if he said that rain usually falls upwards?

    I can’t condemn anyone who believes in nonsense of one sort or another, as long as it is harmless…

    So, if President Romney were to sign laws intended to combat man-made global warming, you would consider such laws to be “harmless”? Or should a “leader”, in your definition of that term, not act upon his beliefs?

    Remember, your claim, which I quoted above, is not merely that global warming is an incorrect hypothesis, maintained in innocent error. You claim that proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis “are making it up.” Therefore, anyone who concludes their hypothesis is correct has fallen for a fabrication. Is that the person we should choose for President of our great nation — someone who cannot see through an obvious swindle?

    I don’t think I’ve yet seen one of Mr. Romney’s detractors make such a good case against his fitness for our Presidency.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      If President Romney were to sign laws that would combat global warming in ways that would limit my freedom, economic or otherwise, then I would absolutely work to keep him out of office. As it is, he has shown that even though he believes Global Warming, and believes in some of the claims, although not to the extreme that Al Gore does, he will not act in a way that would harm our liberties or economic freedoms.

      My claim is that Mitt Romney is no expert in climate science, and so he can only believe one side or the other. Since Mitt Romney is not trained as a scientist, he doesn’t have the same tools that I do to identify and expose scientific fraud when it occurs. I don’t have to propose that proponents of Global Warming are “making it up”: They have already said so themselves.

      I believe that every human being, no matter who they are or what they have been trained into, is subject to a great number of lies they have come to believe. If any one person were able to live their life in a way where lies did not have some hold on their ideas, they would probably be a perfected being, able to walk on water and cast out devils, so on and so forth. This means that the person we choose for president will be flawed and imperfect, perhaps to a great degree. As I’ve said so many times before, when we choose in politics, we only get to choose the lesser of two evils. Mitt Romney is the lesser of two evils, since Mitt Romney is not God.

      Line up Mitt Romney against any other candidate, and he will always be the lesser of two evils.

      I think you have fallen for the old line of thinking that Christians think they are good. Remember that no Christian should think of himself as good. Even Christ, when he was on this earth, did not call himself good, reserving goodness only for God. As Christians, we are keenly aware of the fallen state of man, our own depraved world full of lies and sin, and we struggle daily within ourselves to choose the better part. But for the grace of God, we would have long ago destroyed ourselves and our nation because of our own faults. Christians are told not to hold the faults of others against them, but to judge wisely and forgive freely.

      Let me explain. Mitt Romney is a man. Mitt Romney has made mistakes. He is not perfect. Some of the mistakes he made were probably quite serious. However, my choice is between him and some other candidate. Should I choose Mitt Romney, who despite his faults, has stuck with his wife faithfully? Who, despite his faults, has dedicated his life in over 28 years of uncompensated service? Who, despite his faults, has served his country and his home state in so many ways, not just in government but in the private sector?

      Or should I choose President Obama, who wants to exert his will over the people, who believes he is some kind of rhetorical genius that can win world peace in some scheme reminiscent of Chamberlain? Who wants to impose socialist order, who lies freely and without regret, and who has a problem with cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco?

      The character flaws in Mitt Romney (he believes Global Warming) is hardly comparable to the character flaws in Obama (he believes Americans are inherently evil). I am willing to live with a president like Romney, even though he believes in Global Warming.

      Is this that hard to understand?

  2. tensor Says:

    I don’t have to propose that proponents of Global Warming are “making it up”: They have already said so themselves.

    In that case, no scientific training or knowledge is required to see through the fraud, and Mr. Romney’s utter failure to do so marks him as even more unfit to hold any position of authority.

    By the way, as a secular humanist, I thank you most sincerely for giving us your depressing view of humanity, which you were kind enough to deliver in explicit religious imagery:

    I believe that every human being, no matter who they are or what they have been trained into, is subject to a great number of lies they have come to believe. If any one person were able to live their life in a way where lies did not have some hold on their ideas, they would probably be a perfected being, able to walk on water and cast out devils, so on and so forth.

    Carl Sagan, to pick just one example, believed humans could and should be able to distinguish truth from lies, and wrote a very good book about it, titled, “The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Darkness.” I heartily suggest you read it.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      How can a fallible creature perfectly distinguish truth from error, all the time? Only by becoming infallible. How does Carl Sagan propose we fallible creatures change ourselves to an infallible creature?

      Yes, there is no hope for mankind. Left to our own devices, we would destroy everything good in this world. Isn’t this obvious? Only by turning our minds and hearts to perfection, ie, God, and looking towards a state of infallible perfection can we even hope to tame the beasts within us and build a society greater than the sum of its parts.

      Christianity preaches hope and joy, but not through the philosophies of men. We teach, instead, that only the infallible and perfect can change us into infallible and perfect beings, and that our only hope lies in devoting ourselves to the highest ideals: not just of correct behavior, but correct thoughts and speech as well.

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