Scientists and Activists Denounce Mitt Romney’s Climate Change Remarks on “Meet the Press”

Pandering to the anti-science crowd
Politics • Views: 32,033

Mitt Romney first used this moronic anti-science line in his RNC acceptance speech, and it looks like it was such a big hit with the right wing base that he’s going to make it part of his regular spiel: Mitt Romney’s Climate Change Remarks on ‘Meet the Press’ Outrage Environmental Activists.

Mitt Romney outraged environmental activists on Sunday, telling NBC’s David Gregory, “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet,” during an interview on “Meet the Press.”

“The reason I’m in this race is to help people,” Romney said. “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet. I’m in this race to help the American people.”

Romney made similar remarks during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last month, where he declared to a cheering crowd, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise … is to help you and your family.” …

Environmental activists condemned Romney’s remarks on “Meet the Press.” Climate scientist Michael Mann, author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” wrote in an e-mail to The Huffington Post, “It is disconcerting that a major party presidential candidate would show such wanton disregard for the health of our environment. Mr. Romney says he wants to ‘help the American people.’ Yet he mocks concern over human-caused climate change, arguably the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.”

Daniel Kessler, spokesperson for climate campaign 350.org, said it was ironic that Romney wants to help Americans, but not the planet Americans inhabit.

“Mr. Romney can crack all the jokes that he wants to, but his cynicism won’t solve the problem,” Kessler wrote to HuffPost. “Half of the country is in drought, and NASA says it’s linked to climate change. If Mr. Romney finds that funny, then I think it’s appropriate for people to question his leadership and commitment to truly helping the American people.”

Here’s the entire interview, in case you haven’t seen it.

Jump to top

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST

LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!

Recent Pages
Danack
Mitch McConnell has dun goofed
I think Mitch McConnell has dun goofed. Although saying that they'll block any appointment might be the right choice in the short term (like two weeks), Mitch didn't think ahead about what the effect is going to be over the ...

3 minutes ago
Views: 10 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Truth Squadding Ted Cruz’s Climate Denial
Ted Cruz (R) Texas is America's number one Climate Denier.This is the first of a series of videos designed to show how divorced from reality he is, and how stupid he thinks his followers are.

49 minutes ago
Views: 43 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
S'latch
Bernie Sanders Presses Hillary Clinton To Demand DNC Keep Ban On Lobbyist Cash
The Democratic National Committee is overturning President Barack Obama’s ban on accepting campaign cash from lobbyists and political action committees. Now, Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for the DNC to honor Obama’s policy and reverse its decision — and is ...

54 minutes ago
Views: 33 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Kids, Forget Console Gaming—play the FBI’s Browser-Based Game Instead
Sad but Trump: Right wing populist speak and ISIS speak are sometimes indistinguishable at a basic level. That "distorted logic text," however, appears to be taken right out of the playbook of any US politician inciting violence or war. There ...

3 hours, 18 minutes ago
Views: 72 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Thanos
Fallout 4: Is the Transistor a Symbol of Peace?
It's a retro-future future... Today's episode has been sponsored by Squarespace. For more information, visit squarespace.com Tweet us! bit.lyIdea Channel Facebook! bit.lyTalk about this episode on reddit! bit.lyIdea Channel IRC! bit.lyEmail us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com Fallout’s unique brand ...

1 day, 12 hours ago
Views: 195 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
HappyWarrior
A Photo Depository For Lizards Interested in Family History
So some of us were talking and decided it would be a neat idea to have a thread filled with old photos of family history. I'll post a photo as well an accompanying article about my great grandfather's blacksmtih shop. ...

1 day, 22 hours ago
Views: 260 • Comments: 34 • Rating: 7
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
I Stand With Planned Parenthood
Laws Written by Men to Protect Women Deserve Scrutiny, Supreme Court Told
History holds a lesson for the Supreme Court, the brief warns: Be skeptical of laws protecting women that are written by men. The nation’s past is littered with such statutes, say the historians who filed the friend-of-the-court brief, and ...

2 days ago
Views: 252 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
Great White Snark
Canadians Learn Arabic to Give Syrian Refugees a Warm Welcome
A timely reminder some real angels walk among us. Simple human angels of mercy for the distressed. Canadian David Foster developed a passion for Arabic ten years ago, while he was working for an international company in Sudan. Now, he ...

2 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 384 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 21 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
mishuga
Ted Nugent: Jew(ish Politician)s = Nazis
Ted Nugent singled out 12 Jewish-American politicians, complete with a graphic depicting each of the politicians alongside an Israeli flag, for supporting gun control and other crimes. The post, which has been shared more than 4,000 times and liked more ...

3 days, 17 hours ago
Views: 444 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
I Stand With Planned Parenthood
Why We Need to Think Beyond Roe v. Wade - Pacific Standard
For the immigrant mothers—Dolores Madrigal, the lead plaintiff, and the nine others named in the suit, and countless others whose names we will not know—the story was more complex, the culpable more numerous. First, there were the doctors and ...

3 days, 23 hours ago
Views: 391 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook

Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0