You may remember Romney from previous election cycles, including the 2002 Massachusetts Governors race and the 2008 Republican Primaries. Mitt has made a vast amount of money in the business world through smart investments including one of his first large investments which opened Staples stores around the country, insuring that white-out and 2'' binders were just a short drive away. Mitt then began running for public office in the mid-90's culminating with becoming the 70th Governor of Massachusetts in 2003. After failing to win the Republican ticket in 08', Mitt has been priming for 12' ever since, and as I stated earlier will probably be challenging Obama barring any major flub.
But what of his views on science? You may remember the famous, "Does anyone on this stage NOT believe in evolution?" question from the 07' Republican debates --three people raised their hands, not among them was Romney. So from that, we are to assume that Mitt 'believes' in evolution, correct?
“I believe that God designed the universe and created the universe, and I believe evolution is most likely the process he used to create the human body.”Those quotes came from an interview Romney gave not long after that 07' debate when asked to clarify his take on evolution. Sounds like Intelligent Design lite to me, and Romney was asked about that:
“I’m not exactly sure what is meant by intelligent design,” he said. “But I believe God is intelligent and I believe he designed the creation. And I believe he used the process of evolution to create the human body.”Meh. Sounds like the correct political answer for someone on the Right to give if they do accept evolution. I'm sure my fellow bloggers like Myers or Coyne would call it accommodation, but what are we to expect from someone who has to pander to the extreme religious right? Mitt was much more black and white when it came down to should intelligent design, or creationism be taught as a valid theory along side evolution in science classes:
“In my opinion, the science class is where to teach evolution, or if there are other scientific thoughts that need to be discussed,” he said. “If we’re going to talk about more philosophical matters, like why it was created, and was there an intelligent designer behind it, that’s for the religion class or philosophy class or social studies class.”Seems clear cut to me. Mitt Romney seemly is science friendly when it comes to evolution. What about Global Warming? Well, that my friends is a different beast. Depending on what day, what forum, and how hot it is outside, Mitt's opinion seems to shift on climate change, it's causes and how best to deal with it. In his 2010 book, No Apology (A direct jab at Obama's World Apology tour), Romney lays out in print his take on climate change.
“I believe that climate change is occurring.… I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much is attributable to factors out of our control.”This past summer speaking to a New Hampshire town hall: See the video here
"I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," Romney said. "I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer....I don't know how much our contribution is to that, because I know there's been periods of greater heat and warmth than in the past, but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and global warming that you're seeing."