One thing about blogging is that I never have to actually hear David complain about my tepid coffee anymore. (Y’all have to read it, unfortunately.) At any rate, I came across this fascinating piece of information in the Wall Street Journal‘s Opinion Journal, which compares Presidential candidates. Note the big distinction amongst the candidates about global warming:
Global warming. Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” has moved global warming to the top of the political agenda, and all the candidates with the exception of Mr. Romney seem to have signed on to federal regulation of factory emissions. Mrs. Clinton is a global warming regulation advocate, and although the global climate warmed just one degree in the last century, Mr. Edwards says that “global warming is an emergency” and “a crisis today” that will no doubt require new taxes to do something about it.
Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama have sponsored a bill that would over time reduce emissions to one-third of 2000 levels, which unless other nations do the same would have a devastating impact on America’s jobs and economy. Mr. Giuliani believes that the debate on global warming is “almost unnecessary” since “the overwhelming number of scientists” believe there is a significant human cause.”
Only Mr. Romney sees the challenge: “Kyoto-style sweeping mandates, imposed unilaterally in the United States, would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the dirtiest developing nations.” And “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore. Instead of sweeping mandates, we must use America’s power of innovation to develop alternative sources of energy and new technologies that use energy more efficiently.”
Maybe global warming will eventually allow all Americans to have hot and steaming coffee, even if their husband gave them a coffee pot that didn’t work for their eleventh anniversary, David. But until then, it’s interesting to see how Gov. Romney differs from the rest of the field, and it’ll be even more interesting to see how that plays out in the political world.