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Romney Reasserts Belief That 'Humans Have Contributed' to Global Warming


"I believe the world is getting warmer."

The Huffington Post is playing it with the headline, "He Ad-Mitts It."  During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday, Mitt Romney tackled the topic of climate change using language that won't win him many fans in some skeptical corners of the conservative movement:

"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."

National Journal points out that this isn't a first time admission, however, though they call the comments "notable":

It's far from the first time Romney has said he thinks man is contributing to climate change. In his 2010 book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, the former Massachusetts governor wrote he thought man was contributing to global warming, saying the melting polar ice caps are "hard to ignore."

Even as conservative disbelief in climate change science hardens, it's notable Romney isn't backing down from an unpopular decision.

In the book, he also questioned how much of the warming is man-made while outlining several alternate theories about the causes of the rising temperatures, such as cyclical temperature cycles. He also emphasized his opposition to "unilateral U.S. cap-and-trade mandates."

This clip from WMUR-TV doesn't include the climate change discussion.  You can hear his comments on spending and health care.  And a quip about Obama that may indicate that Dan Rather is writing Romney's jokes:

Update: Commenters over at feisty Weasel Zippers are not too impressed with Romney climate claims. And now New York Magazine is not too impressed with WZ comments! Follow the furor by clicking here.

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