Good News: Paul Ryan on Climate Change

Russ Steele

Romney was never one of my candidate choices in 2012 because of his wishy washy attitude on the climate change issue. He was all over the map. As Mass governor Romney spend some political capital hammering out a sweeping climate change plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions in his first 18 months in office. He was a warmer. Then he said he was not so sure.  According to his domestic policy advisor:

“ He doesn’t know the extent to which climate change is occurring or that human activity is causing it.”

Now that Ryan has been chosen as Romney’s VP, a choice designed to pull in more conservative voters like me,  I am more encouraged that the Romney administration might be heading in the right direction after the election. That is if Ryan has any influence of energy and environmental policy.   According to Ryan’s voting record on energy and oil, Ryan is about as conservative as they come:

  • He voted yes to opening up the outer continental shelf for oil drilling.
  • He voted yes to authorizing permits for new oil refineries.
  • He voted yes for the construction of new oil refineries.
  • Ryan voted no to enforcing limits on CO2 pollution.
  • He voted yes to barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

If Ryan’s voting record is any indication of his personal beliefs, then he is the right pick for Romney. He will surely attract conservative voters who think that AGW is a cruel hoax being forced on the American public by the EPA. Let’s hope Ryan has Romney’s ear on the climate change issues, as we need to see some swift changes at EPA right after the election.

H/T to Global Warming Skeptics  for voting record.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

8 Responses to Good News: Paul Ryan on Climate Change

  1. Ryan turns out to be not only sceptical on the climate front and he is rather well informed on Climategate issues, according to Bishop Hill blog post.

    As he said in an interview in 2009:

    At issue …are published e-mail exchanges from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). These e-mails from leading climatologists make clear efforts to use statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.

    The CRU e-mail scandal reveals a perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion. The e-mail scandal has not only forced the resignation of a number of discredited scientists, but it also marks a major step back on the need to preserve the integrity of the scientific community. While interests on both sides of the issue will debate the relevance of the manipulated or otherwise omitted data, these revelations undermine confidence in the scientific data driving the climate change debates.

    • Zach says:

      Anyone still using “Climategate” as if it’s some “checkmate!” type of point is completely and utterly ignorant of what was said in the emails, what the context was, and what the outcome of the multiple independent investigations was. Every time you bring up “Climategate” you look like a fool.

      • Au contraire Zach. You are a dupe. Since this whole issue is contrived I would say you look the fool. I bet you even sent money to the climategate thieves didn’t you?

      • Russ says:


        Thank for commenting it is always good to have another perspective. However, I have read the Climategate E-mail and posted on them multiple times at NC Media Watch. Just go HERE and type “Climategate” in the search block. I have read the insider book Climategate:The CRU Tape Letters and The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science This book was a detailed analysis of the e-mails and the data. You can find a searchable data base here: This data is still being data mined for scientific malfeasance, with more FOI being submitted as you read this post. Stay tuned.

        I find it interesting that in all those “independent investigations” not one called the people who were denigrated in the emails, none who denied peer-review, or who had filed the FOI requests that were denies for political reasons and none asked the climategame team why they were hiding their data, or share the process used to hide the temperature decline. Not one was called to testify! As far as I know all the “independent investigations” were not independent — they were white washes. If you have information to the contrary, please point to the information, including URL links.

  2. globalwarmingskeptics1 says:

    Thanks for the hat tip and hello to all the great conservatives in Nevada [City].

  3. Our local left are saying the Ronmey’s selection is the end of the campaign, it is all over declares Paul Emery at Rebane’s Ruminations, . . .” the Presidential election is essentially over” with Obama winning.

    Doing her part Saturday was CNN’s Candy Crowley who said that this ‘looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish.'” Crowley’s claim that this “death wish” was coming from Republicans even though she didn’t name any. Typical liberal trick, unknown sources.
    My questions is: What Mitt VP candidate would have been acceptable to our local left and the talking heads at CNN? It would not have made a difference to who it was, it would have been the wrong choice.
    One thing for sure, the stronger the lefty attack the more confidence we should have that Ryan was the right choice.

    • Russ, you are correct. If the left had just said OK, let us proceed to November and the best men win, they attack like rabid dogs along with their lamestream media sycophants. So, psychologically, it says they are scared to death of Romney/Ryan and that is why the personal attacks. I think it will be R/R by 7!

  4. Sean says:

    I agree that the Ryan VP pick is a game changer but his views on climate change are not that well known, at least they weren’t to me. He is known as someone who is really serious about the budget, all of it, including the entitlements. His pick puts the budget and the deficits front and center. He also gives the Democrats a firm target to shoot at. If it’s true that 85% of the country fears the size of the national debt and the size of government, the Democrats may find that they will need to do a bit more this election cycle than just get their taking points straight.

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