Romney: Global Warming Exists

GOP candidate breaks from mainstream GOP ideology
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2011 5:53 AM CDT
Mitt Romney: The World Is Getting Warmer
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire yesterday, but in addressing climate change sounded a bit more like a tree-hugger than the mainstream Republican candidate he styles himself as. "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," Romney told a townhall meeting. "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gasses that may be significant contributors."

Romney echoed many other politicians' calls to end dependence on foreign oil, notes Reuters. "I love solar and wind (power) but they don't drive cars. And we're not all going to drive Chevy Volts." But other leading countries need to get on board and seriously cut emissions, Romney says, with an eye on China and Brazil. "It's not called American warming, it's called global warming." Rival Newt Gingrich last week in New Hampshire called climate change the left's " newest excuse to take control of lives." (More global warming stories.)

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