Romney, Ryan Form Climate Skeptic Presidential Ticket

While Mitt Romney has expressed uncertainty over whether global warming is occurring or not, his vice-presidential pick, Congressman Paul Ryan, is a virulent denier of climate science, with a Congressional voting record to match, reports Brad Johnson at Climate Progress.  A favorite of the pro-fossil fuel multi-millionaire Koch brothers, Ryan has unjustly accused scientists of engaging in conspiracy to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.” He has implied that snow invalidates global warming. Ryan has voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse pollution, to eliminate White House climate advisers, and to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from preparing for climate disasters like the drought devastating his home state. His proposed economic budget would slash clean energy funding while continue to subsidize fossil fuels, subsidies from which his family would personally benefit.  This indicates that under their administration, fossil fuels, which research has shown to cause climate change, would be promoted, while clean energy, promoted by scientists as a main avenue towards slowing climate change, would be discouraged. This election will be crucial in deciding how the US addresses climate change.

Romney Chooses Climate Skeptic as Running Mate http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/11/677051/meet-paul-ryan-climate-denier-conspiracy-theorist-koch-acolyte/ (ThinkProgress)

Paul Ryan And His Family To Benefit From The $45 Billion In Subsidies For Big Oil In His Budget http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/06/17/247570/paul-ryan-family-beneft-subsidies-for-big-oil-in-his-budget/ Think Progress

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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