Good News: Paul Ryan on Climate Change
08/11/2012 8 Comments
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.