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Climate Capo Whackfest

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJun 4, 2011 1:11 PM

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So Mitt Romney is the latest high profile Republican to believe that global warming is real. With apologies to Buffalo Springfield,

There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear.

Indeed. As New York Magazine notes:

Denying that human activity is making the Earth warmer, despite the opinion of people who spend their lives studying these things, was thought to be a precondition of being a serious, viable Republican presidential candidate. But earlier today, Mitt Romney proclaimed at a town hall in New Hampshire that "the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that." He added, "It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."

Even though the news broke late on a Friday, it didn't take long for the climate capo on on the Right to pounce. These days, Marc Morano has turned Climate Depot into a veritable whackfest against his fellow Republicans. It's been quite a sight. But with Jon Huntsman, Chris Christie and now Mitt Romney all refusing to drink the GOP Kool-Aid on climate science, Morano is looking less like an enforcer and more like a paper tiger. UPDATE: Andy Revkin

observes:

Marc Morano @climatedepot tries to punish moderate Republicans for daring to mention a human factor in climate change, and reveals his knowing disregard of science in doing so. To attack Romney's description of the issue below is ridiculous, given that those who would concur include some of Morano's favorite scientists (Roger Pielke Sr. and Pat MIchaels, for instance).

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