Please visit this link and sign the petition. http://act.350.org/sign/Mitt_and_climate
Sometimes people accuse us of not being balanced.
After all, last year we helped lead the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years outside the Obama White House to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A few months later we returned to DC to surround the President’s house with a ring of people 12,000 strong.
But so far, we haven't asked Mitt Romney any tough climate questions -- and since he’s not too far behind in the polls it's about time we did. His public comments seem to say that he doesn’t believe that humans are warming the planet -- he recently said that “we don’t know what’s causing climate change.” Paul Ryan, Romney's vice-presidential pick, isn't likely to be adding much to the ticket when it comes to climate change -- his budget plan would dramatically expand oil and gas drilling, gut the EPA, and kill government loans for clean energy.
If you go to Romney’s campaign website, which lists positions on issues from “Afghanistan” to “Values”, there's not even a mention of the biggest crisis facing the planet. July was the hottest month on record in the United States -- and that followed June, when we broke over 3,100 temperature records. Last week there was a new paper from James Hansen, NASA’s top climatologist, that solidly identifies climate change as the cause for recent drought, heat waves, and wildfires.
The stakes are too high to leave climate change out of the national conversation.
So we’re turning up the volume, and we’re starting by issuing a climate challenge to Mr. Romney. We're asking him to answer two simple questions about the greatest challenge humanity now faces:
1) Do you disagree with the scientific consensus that humans are heating the planet?
2) If not, what do you plan to do to fight the climate crisis?
When we get enough people to sign on, we’ll deliver it in an unforgettable way to the Romney HQ in Boston in September. We can’t say much more about the delivery just yet, but suffice to say it’ll get Mr. Romney’s attention.