Campaigning: The GOP front-runner for 2012 sought advice on global warming and carbon emissions from the president's current science czar — an advocate of de-developing America and population control.
Politics is said to make strange bedfellows, but no coupling in our view is more bizarre than when John Holdren, now President Obama's assistant for science and technology, once advised GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on environmental policy.
Holdren's bizarre views are best suited for an adviser to someone like, say, Pol Pot.
He views humanity as a plague on the planet and the Industrial Revolution as a tragic mistake. The fewer people, he believes, the better, and he's not shy about the ways he would use to reduce their number.
Why Gov. Romney, a reasonable person, would pick such a man to advise him on anything is beyond us.
On Jan. 1, 2006, Massachusetts became the first state to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants, something the Obama administration is trying to do to all states through the Environmental Protection Agency's draconian job-killing regulations and mandates.
A Dec. 7, 2005 memo from the governor's office announcing the new policy listed among the "environmental and policy experts" providing input to the policy one "John Holdren, professor of environmental policy at Harvard University."
This is the same person who wrote that a "massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States."
Holdren wrote that along with Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich in the "recommendations" section of their 1973 book, "Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions."
Paul Ehrlich is also the author of the 1968 tome, "The Population Bomb," which warned of imminent mass starvation from overpopulation unless excess humanity is dispensed with.
Holdren has spoken in favor of such things as forced abortions, confiscation of babies, mass involuntary sterilization, bureaucratic regulation of family size, and a planetary regime to enforce climate regulation and population control.
Romney, speaking at a University of New Hampshire town hall on June 3, said: "I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world's getting warmer. I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that."
So do Holdren and Al Gore.
In June, Gore, on his blog, praised Romney's climate stance: "While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party."
He agrees with Romney's statement: "And so I think it's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing."
This comes on top of the architect of Massachusetts health care reform (RomneyCare), M.I.T. economist John Gruber, talking about also being called on to fashion ObamaCare.
"The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we'd done in Massachusetts," he said. "They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model."
One of the features of ObamaCare, the product of an administration that funds Planned Parenthood, is its inclusion of contraceptives as a covered expense and its designation of pregnancy as a "preventable" condition, as if it were a disease.
Romney was pro-choice when he ran for governor but shifted his position as he entered the national stage.
One of the things voters look for in a candidate is sound judgment and steadfastness. It will be up to the voters to decide if Mitt Romney is a good choice or a very bad echo of the current administration.
At the very least, he will need to clarify his stance on these and other topics. Some consistency, please.
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