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Published on Sep 3, 2012
Romney is cheered by RNC delegates as he publicly ridicules the very idea that it is possible that climate change could be a problem.
The Romney campaign is so proud of this position these lines in the speech were some of the few released to the media prior to delivery, so they would have the best chance to make it into the national consciousness via news reports.
Check out the crowd. Its hard for some to keep themselves from falling on the floor as they laugh along with Mitt.
The recently adopted GOP 2012 platform contains language that suggests that the Republican rank and file intends to keep up the pressure on their "leaders" to prosecute climate scientists for fraud.
"We must restore scientific integrity to our public research institutions and remove political incentives from publicly funded research"
These words appear when you go to the GOP Platform homepage, click on the America's Natural Resources link, then scroll down to the heading "Our Republican Party's Commitment to Conservation", where they are the last sentence under that heading.
Curiously, the full 62 page document does not contain these words.
GOP "leaders" are distancing themselves from the entire adopted platform, but not because they don't want scientists eviscerated, dried, and stretched out on their floor as prized Scientific Scatter Rugs.
Eg., RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says this: "This is the platform of the Republican Party. It's not the platform of Mitt Romney".
But others have different views of what a party platform is and what it means for something to be in it.
"It's a symbol. It's a source of scripture if you will, in policy-making. It's a guide for voters. Platforms are a window into the deeper principals and values of a party coalition"
says Dean Clancy, of FreedomWorks, quoted in "Republican Platform Sessions In Tampa Matter If People Read It", an article posted at Huff Post.
Andrew Rosenthal of the NYTimes, in his "The G.O.P. Platform" article put it this way:
"Since the 1980s, the Republican platform has been a test of how far the mainstream of the party is willing to move toward the right-wing fringe. Judging from the draft circulating this week, the answer is, pretty much all the way over".
The platform, unlike 2008, has no section on climate. In other sections, it is mentioned that the EPA is to be "prohibited" from doing anything about GHG, and Congress is directed to never adopt "any and all cap and trade legislation", and that's about it.
Oh and in the "A Failed National Security Strategy" section of the full 62 page version we are told that the fact that the Obama administration is concerned about climate at all "reflects the extreme elements of its liberal domestic coalition". Obama is criticized in this section for elevating climate change to the level of a national security threat.