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Romney: Climate Change Real, Man Made


ANN ARBOR, MI - MAY 12: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers his address on health care reform May 12, 2011 at the Cardiovascular Center on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Romney's health care proposition plan, suggested to be used instead of Obamacare, intends reportedly to lower the costs of health care and to allow the states to create their own health care solutions. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)(J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

"The same policies that protect the climate also promote energy efficiency, smart business practices, and improve the environment in which our citizens live and work," Romney wrote in a 2004 letter. But the governor also opted his state out of a regional cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Even if it's not a new position, Romney's acknowledgment of man-made climate change is likely to stoke skepticism among conservatives who view him as too moderate. The view that humans are contributing to climate change is a highly controversial position within the GOP, with most conservatives fiercely disputing the notion that Earth is warming at all. A National Journal analysis of GOP Senate nominees in 2010, for instance, found only one candidate in 21, now-Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, said he thought man was contributing to climate change. He's not the only presidential candidate with a problematic climate change history, either. Tim Pawlenty supported cap-and-trade legislation in the past - a position he has now apologized for - while Newt Gingrich cut a TV ad in 2008 with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging action against climate change.

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