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Mitt Romney: My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.” 10/27/11. Speech at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmfoQZMzsh8&feature=player_embedded


Barack Obama:The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we’re contributing to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.” All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” Speech, “Energy Independence and the Safety of Our Planet.” April 3, 2006. http://obamaspeeches.com/060-Energy-Independence-and-the-Safety-of-Our-Planet-Obama-Speech.htm


Joe Biden: I think [climate change] is manmade. I think it’s clearly manmade. If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That’s the cause. That’s why the polar icecap is melting.” 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Gov. Sarah Palin Oct 2, 2008. http://www.issues2000.org/Archive/2008_V_P_Energy_+_Oil.htm


Hillary Clinton:We do need more action in the fight against climate change. We need real-world solutions and we need results.” 2012. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/10/1098791/-Hillary-Clinton-leading-US-fight-against-Climate-Change


Robert Gates: Over the next 20 years and more, certain pressures-population, energy, climate, economic, environmental-could combine with rapid cultural, social, and technological change to produce new sources of deprivation, rage, and instability.” AEPI Report. September 21, 2011. http://www.aepi.army.mil/docs/whatsnew/MAN0BC2_report_combined_compressed.pdf#page=16


Leon Panetta: The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security. Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.” “Panetta: Climate Change a National Security Threat.” May 3, 2011. http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/1268336


John McCain: We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.” 2008. http://www.terrapass.com/politics/mccain-announces-climate-plan/


John Kerry: As a matter of conscience and common sense, we should be compelled to fight today’s insidious conspiracy of silence on climate change—a silence that empowers misinformation and mythology to grow where science and truth should prevail…the danger we face could not be more real. In the United States, a calculated campaign of disinformation has steadily beaten back the consensus momentum for action on climate change and replaced it with timidity by proponents in the face of millions of dollars of phony, contrived “talking points,” illogical and wholly unscientific propositions and a general scorn for the truth wrapped in false threats about job loss and taxes.” “Kerry: On Eve of Rio+20, An Honest Assessment of Climate Change Challenge.” http://www.kerry.senate.gov/press/release/?id=99bb3f7a-cf20-4c1d-ae59-b9baedda1cb1


George W. Bush: “…considerable uncertainty relating to the science of climate change.” “The United States is committed to strengthening our energy security and confronting global climate change. And the best way to meet these goals is for America to continue leading the way toward the development of cleaner and more energy efficient technology.” 2002. http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2002/2002-06-05-06.html


Dick Cheney: Those are the two key questions. I think there’s an emerging consensus that we do have global warming. You can look at the data on that, and I think clearly we’re in a period of warming. Where there does not appear to be a consensus, where it begins to break down, is the extent to which that’s part of a normal cycle versus the extent to which it’s caused by man, greenhouse gases, et cetera.” 2007. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/02/23/10579/cheney-warming/


Condoleezza Rice: Let us approach climate change not simply as a looming future threat, but as a present opportunity to work together.” “Though united by common goals and collective responsibility, all nations should tackle climate change in the ways that they deem best. Managing the status quo is simply not an adequate response. … We must cut the Gordian knot of fossil fuels.” 2007. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298250,00.html


Colin Powell: “We certainly agree that global warming is a problem.” “We all need better economic progress in our countries. Unemployment throughout the world, poverty throughout the world, hunger, disease, climate control — these are no longer just issues that belong to the developed countries, they belong to the whole world.” “Whitman and Powell Accept Global Warming Theory,” Lucier, James P., Rodriguez, Paul M., Insight on the News. 2001. http://www.questia.com/read/1G1-72328678/whitman-and-powell-accept-global-warming-theory


Donald Rumsfeld: no position found


Al Gore: Politicians often confuse self-interested arguments paid for by lobbyists & planted in the popular press with legitimate peer-reviewed studies published in reputable scientific journals. For example, the global warming skeptics cite one article more than any other in arguing that global warming is just a myth: a statement of concern during the 1970s that the world might be in danger of entering a new ice age. But that article was published in Newsweek and never appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. There is a misconception that the scientific community is in a state of disagreement about global warming. In fact, there is virtually no serious disagreement on the central points. The misconception of disagreement is actually an illusion that has been deliberately fostered by oil & coal companies. These companies want to prevent any new policies that would interfere with their current business plans that rely on the massive unrestrained dumping of CO2 into the Earth atmosphere every day.” An Inconvenient Truth. 2006 http://www.ontheissues.org/Inconvenient_Truth.htm


Bill Clinton: “The problem of climate change presents an existential threat to the future of civilization. The scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by man-made activities is overwhelming. The only debate is over how soon really bad things will happen and how bad they will be. Most man-made CO2 emissions come from burning oil and coal. Most methane emissions caused by humans come from landfills and agriculture, though increasingly methane is being released from long-frozen tundra as a result of global warming. So far, our nation has refused to take serious action on climate change.” Giving, 2007. http://www.ontheissues.org/Giving.htm


Madeleine Albright: The climate change [issue] is the most obvious, because the environment has no boundaries…” 2005. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgiha4_madeleine-albright-climate-change-is-borderless_news


Warren Christopher: “Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of former cabinet members, presidential advisers and senators, including former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Warren Christopher, declared that failure to stem climate change could lead to humanitarian disasters and global instability that threaten America’s security.”Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act: Overview. 2011. http://www.naesco.org/policy/federal/APA-Overview.pdf


William Cohen: The scale of the current global energy system is enormous, and 85 percent of the world’s energy needs are still met using fossil fuels. Transforming to a low-carbon energy future will require a sustained commitment by business and government, technological breakthroughs, major new investments, and the time required to put a functional new system in place. We have to find a way to transition to a low-carbon economy fast enough to avoid the most severe consequences of global warming while keeping the country on a sustainable path out of the worst financial crisis in decades.” Letter to President Obama by William Cohen and Sam Nunn. http://csis.org/press/press-release/cohen-nunn-applaud-obama-energy-initiative-call-bipartisan-support


William Perry: signed onto petition statement that read, in part, Climate change is a national security issue. The longer we wait to act, the harder it will be to mitigate and respond to its impacts. U.S. leadership alone will not guarantee global cooperation. But if we fail to take action now, we will have little hope of influencing other countries to reduce their own contributions to climate change, or of forging a coordinated international response.” http://www.psaonline.org/downloads/Climate.pdf


George Bush, Sr.: “Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect forget about the ‘White House effect’: as president I intend to do something about it.” “The United States fully intends to be the world’s preeminent leader in protecting the global environment. We have been that for many years. We will remain so. We believe that environment and development…can and should go hand in hand. A growing economy creates the resources necessary for environmental protection, and environmental protection makes growth sustainable over the long term.” 1992. http://www.rtcc.org/living/countdown-to-rio20-george-bush-senior-starts-20-years-of-stalemate/; http://www.ontheissues.org/Celeb/George_Bush_Sr__Energy_+_Oil.htm


Dan Quayle: “The idea of climate change caused by human beings is a theory, and a highly debatable one. There is no scientific consensus on the extent of the problem. In fact, there is no agreement on whether there is a problem at all. There’s even growing scientific opinion that global warming might have positive effects on our health and on our wealth. The bottom line is that we need more research.” Speech to Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington DC , Apr 21, 1999. http://www.ontheissues.org/Dan_Quayle.htm


James Baker: no position found


Lawrence Eagleburger: no position found


Ronald Reagan: “Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it’s common sense.” State of the Union Address, Janurary 25 1984. http://www.notable-quotes.com/g/global_warming_quotes.html


George Shultz: We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters and all the endless trouble that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great.” Speech on Prop 23, 2010. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2010/09/13/206713/george-shultz-prop-23/


Frank Carlucci: no position found


Caspar Weinberger: no position found


Gary Johnson: I accept the fact that there is global warming and I accept the fact that it’s man caused.” Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , Jun 15, 2011. http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Gary_Johnson_Energy_+_Oil.htm


Bob Barr: Global warming is a reality as most every organization that has studied the matter has concluded, whether conservative-leaning, liberal oriented or independent.” 2008. http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2008/07/bob-barr-flip-flopping-on-global-warming-confirmed/


Jill Stein:  This is another reason why we’re running the campaign now–because if you follow the science, we don’t have four years to wait. We really have to start tackling this now. It’s really important for the climate and it’s time that people put their politics where their values and science argue they ought to be. I think Obama supporters are really having a rude awakening right now. The US, as you know, is the largest per capita contributor to climate change and the direction the US pushes goes a long way toward determining what the rest of the world does, and from that perspective, dramatically downscaling carbon emissions goes a long way toward determining the global carbon budget and helps move global policy that way.” Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012. http://www.ontheissues.org/Stein_Truthout.htm


Cynthia McKinney: The situation is now quite clear. The United States can no longer hide its truculence under the mask of weather fluctuations or unclear science. Islands are disappearing; indigenous ways of life are threatened; indeed the world as we know it is at risk if the US continues to do nothing. Therefore, a drastic cut in emissions is necessary.” 2008. http://ontheissues.org/2008_Green_Questionnaire.htm


Lincoln Chafee: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Lincoln_Chafee_Energy_+_Oil.htm


Joe Lieberman: Global warming is not a conqueror to kneel before – but a challenge to rise to. A challenge we must rise to.” Preserving Our Planet Remarks by Joe Lieberman. June 24, 2004. http://www.lieberman.senate.gov/index.cfm/news-events/speeches-op-eds/2004/6/preserving-our-planet-remarks-by-senator-joe-lieberman/


Bernie Sanders: It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s. During that period of Nazism and fascism’s growth — a real danger to the United States and democratic countries around the world — there were people in this country and in the British parliament who said ‘don’t worry! Hitler’s not real! It’ll disappear!”” “Bernie Sanders compares climate skeptics to Nazi deniers.” 2010. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/33371.html


Jesse Ventura: “Whether global warming is real or not, some people may be using the issue to earn billions of dollars, start a one-world government and control people’s lives. Jesse Ventura finds the direct link between global warming and a plot to rule the world.” Jesse Ventura Global Warming Denier: Body-Slams The Climate Change “Conspiracy”. 2009. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/23/jesse-ventura-global-warm_n_401630.html


Lisa Murkowski: “Sen. Murkowski believes that climate change is a real threat that must be addressed.” 2012. http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PolicyStatement


Charlie Crist: “[Global warming is] one of the most important issues that we will face this century.” 2009. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/for-gov-charlie-crist-its-not-easy-being-green/1054946


Angus King: “I got tired of talking about global climate change and energy security, and I decided it was time to start doing something about it.” 2008.  http://mainehomedesign.com/web-exclusives/712-a-cockeyed-optimistthe-passion-of-angus-king.html