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Mitt Romney's Energy Doublespeak

Mitt Romney indulges in energy policy doublespeak when he says that he wants to "make sure we can continue to burn clean coal."  This is the same politician who seeks to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources of global-warming pollution.  Yet, as Massachusetts governor, Romney authored an ambitious Climate Protection Plan that called for significant reductions in the state's greenhouse gas emissions.  His plan acknowledged that, over the long term, we will need to cut global-warming emissions by 75 to 85 percent "to eliminate any dangerous threat to the climate."

These and other inconsistencies in Romney's energy posturing are explored in an op-ed that I wrote for the Des Moines Register on October 23, 2012.  A similar version of this article ran in CSRwire Talkback on October 24.