“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that … It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
Dear Mr. Tanenblatt:
There are thousands of scientists like myself who have carefully studied climate science and strongly believe carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels has a negligible effect on global warming or any other climate event. Reducing use of our abundant fossil fuels — when the alternatives at this time are not practical — will seriously damage the economic welfare of the United States.
If these remarks attributed to Gov. Romney are true, he will lose possible support from many in the scientific community. Many believe it is better to have Barack Obama as president, who embraces false premises, than a Republican with the same beliefs. It is hard for scientific knowledgeable Republican congressmen to fight bad polices when their Republican president opposes their views.
The uncertainty of a practical energy policy in the United States is one of the reasons for the economic stagnation taking place in the United States today. President Obama is responsible for this situation by his attempts to curtail use of fossil fuels and replace them with uneconomical, unreliable, impractical renewable energy resources — solar, wind, biomass, and biofuels. He has not succeeded with Congress, so he is trying to do this by regulations from various government organizations like the EPA.
He it hard to see how Gov. Romney can debate President Obama on this issue when he supports it.
James H. Rust