Mitt Romney, Republicans and Global Warming
Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate, has been under attack by conservatives for recognizing the reality of global warming.
What he has been under attack for is, in fact, facing reality.
A major stated Republican value is facing reality, and Mitt Romney has done that. The right-wingers haven't. Which makes Romney a far more true Republican than his opponents on the right.
It also makes him a far more real representative of another Republican value: Responsibility. The irresponsible burning of carbon fuels combined with rainforest deforestation is endangering the future of America and the rest of the world. And it is a solvable problem, whose solution is as easy as moving from one set of technologies to another -
Technologies that will give people everything they have now and much more, while vastly reducing the negative effects of economic activity on the planet.
In fact technology changes all the time. Horse and buggy were replaced with cars, and candles with light bulbs, in early 20th century. The result was vast prosperity -
A prosperity that can be realized at still greater scales through transition to high-intelligence, high-technology, high-job-creation abundant clean energy solutions.
What the right-wingers claim on this matter is a pack of lies. No, you won't have to lose your houses and your vehicles. No, you won't have to do without benefits of business and technology. People will have what they have now and much more, while destroying much less of what they can't recreate.
And their children will be able to enjoy the benefits of both the world of civilization that man has created and the world of nature that man has not.
In fact clean energy conversion is even good for the oil industry. With oil no longer being burned, it will last longer and be used to produce higher-level goods such as plastics and pharmaceuticals. This will bring the oil companies vastly more money in the long run. As for everyone else, they will have the benefit of the best of civilization and the best of nature, as economic practices shift from short-sightedness to prudence, intelligence and sustainability.
Mitt Romney, in espousing the stance of facing reality, is thus a much better and truer Republican than his opponents on the Right.
And it is only when the other Republicans likewise have faced reality that they can claim legitimacy as exponents of the values that they claim to possess.