"My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us." — 10/28/2011
Romney has pirouetted almost 180 degrees on this issue. In his most recent book, he wrote that he believes climate change is occurring and that "human activity is a contributing factor." As governor of Massachusetts, he supported stricter regulation on carbon emissions. In any case, the United States has already made international agreements on climate change that the new president will be under international pressure to abide by. And sooner or later, the evidence of the damage wrought by climate change may become dramatic enough that he won't be able to ignore it out of political expediency.
No wonder a number of high-profile supporters of cap-and-trade legislation have donated to Romney, evidently assuming that once in office, he will change his tune once again.