What the Candidates Think  

Obama: “Climate change is the one of the biggest issues of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits. … I will continue efforts to reduce our dependence on oil and lower our greenhouse gas emissions while creating an economy built to last.” — sciencedebate.org

Romney: “I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk — and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.

"Ultimately, the science is an input to the public policy decision; it does not dictate a particular policy response. … So I oppose steps like a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system that would handicap the American economy and drive manufacturing jobs away, all without actually addressing the underlying problem.” — sciencedebate.org

71 percent of Massachusetts Democrats are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening. In contrast, the majority (57%) of Republicans in the Commonwealth do not believe climate change is happening or caused by humans. - MassINC, see link below

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