Ugh. That's about the only audible response that I could muster after reading through Mitt Romney's energy plan, which he released last week after getting winks, nods of approval, and campaign donations in the millions from fossil fuel company CEOs.
I know that it's hard to believe, but Romney's positions on energy are even worse than those of George W. Bush, who was at least willing to firmly link climate change to human activity.
Romney's plan reads like a wish list for Big Oil and Coal. More drilling? You got it. A weakened EPA to push back on polluters? Word. More fracking? You don't have to ask me twice.
But most galling is Romney's refusal to mention the words "climate change" or "global warming." It's like running for president in 1936 and not mentioning that little conflict happening across the pond. Basically, Romney's plan is marinated in crazy sauce.
What's more, it's bad politics. Young people are, of course, terribly concerned about climate change, which makes sense considering that it's a broken planet that they stand to inherit. Trying to get their vote seems like a good idea.
Older folks are concerned about climate change, too. In fact, a recent Yale poll found that 55 percent of voters will consider a candidate's positions on climate change when they go into the voting booth.
Just acknowledge the obvious, please
It's hard to see why people are concerned when we continue to blast through temperature record after temperature record, and half the country is in drought. Saying something, just acknowledging the obvious, seems like a decent thing to do. So 350.org
1. Do you disagree with the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet?
2. If so, what do you plan to do to solve the climate crisis if you are elected president?
These questions shouldn't be too hard to answer. Every government agency -- that's the same government that Romney wants to run -- including NASA, the EPA, and NOAA all of have said that humans are warming the planet and that strong action is needed.
Please take a minute and sign . We'll deliver it for you to his campaign HQ in September and let you know what he says. Thanks.