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

(Newser) – 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."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition June 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall style campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, Friday, June 3, 2011.
Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall style campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, Friday, June 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall style campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, Friday, June 3, 2011.
Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall style campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, Friday, June 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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