VIDEO – Mitt Romney mocked President Obama’s concern for the rise of the oceans and the environment in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Romney delivered the line, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans” and followed it with a long pause so the Republican attendees could laugh about climate change concerns.
In his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney mocked President Obama’s concern for rising ocean levels and the effects that could have on coastal communities in the United States. His Republican supporters laughed at the idea of rising oceans affected by climate change and the idea that a president should be concerned about the global environment.
ROMNEY: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…” (long pause for laughter from crowd). “and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
Well, Mr. Romney, does it help American families when the entire Northeastern coastline is flooded by storms from an unheard of late-October hurricane? If there were anything we could do to (as you mock) “begin to slow the rise of the oceans”, wouldn’t that be something worth looking into and acting on instead of laughing at? The GOP refuses to even acknowledge there is any change in the climate because doing so would force their big oil funders to change their ways.
Apparently, the environment and climate change are a big joke to Romney and the Republicans. Romney and the GOP’s allegiance to big oil is greater than their concern for the air we breathe and the environment we live in. If it costs their big oil backers some of their record profits in order to protect the environment of the American people, the profits of big oil always trump environmental concerns. They will sacrifice our environment and our future for today’s profit.
The lack of concern for the environment shown by Mitt Romney is troubling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. This is compounded by the fact that Romney said he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He not only said he would let states deal with disasters on their own, but he added that it would be “even better” if disaster relief could be privatized. Romney would actually sacrifice the disaster relief function of our national government in order to keep his rich donors’ taxes from rising a few percentage points.
Hurricane Sandy, which is already being called the greatest natural disaster to hit New Jersey and New York City, reminds of the importance of elections for the highest offices of our nation. It will determine the path we take on both climate change and disaster relief. Do we elect those who believe we should be prepared as a nation for natural disasters and take reasonable steps to improve our environment? Or do we elect Republicans who deny climate change exists in the name of protecting big oil profits and who would eliminate our national infrastructure for disaster relief?