Mitt Romney must finally get out of the closet now that Kyrsten Sinema is an independent. Non-binary? Perhaps, but why not? I am a Democrat. It is now that the Uniparty’s head, Romney, has been officially unveiled. They can then all fight to maintain the status quo, until it is time for them to be given a gold watch, and taken off to The Villages or Hamptons to join the rest prehistoric creatures, the La Brea Tar Pits.
Since the day Romney won his primary election for Utah’s Senate seat, Utah Republicans have been grumbling about Romney. Except for the fact that Mr. Delecto is nominally LDS and ran the 2002 Olympics. He then attempted unsuccessfully to run for the presidency, I cannot tell you why he was elected. This qualifies him to be a celebrity.
Rolling Stone and The Huffington Post criticized Romney for supporting the Keystone XL pipeline and increased drilling. Romney was a champion for energy independence and job creation at the time. This was 2012. It is now 2022.
According to the Washington Examiner, Romney took part in a Washington Post webinar on climate change. Romney supported a carbon tax during the webinar. He said that such a tax would allow private industry to get off the proverbial “dime” and help develop new technology. He said the following:
As you may know, MIT created a model that said, “Okay, what things we do, will actually decrease emissions, reduce temperature or keep temperatures from rising as fast as they have.” What are we able to do? This is the only thing that makes a difference.
A price on carbon is not just a way to raise money for the government, I think. It’s not what the price is for. The purpose of imposing a carbon price is to provide a huge incentive to the private sector to invent and create new innovations. These will be low-emitting and low-cost and will be accepted not only in India, Brazil, or China. This is how we can make sure that our ideas are accepted worldwide.
The Democrat strategy of making things look good on paper (e.g., energy-efficient buildings or electric vehicles) is not a long-term solution to lowering carbon emissions. Romney was disappointed that Democrats did not impose a carbon-tax when they were in control of the White House, Senate and Congress. He did, however, support greater investments in natural gas and nuclear power.
It is easy to simply say “carbon tax”, but it is quite another to actually carry the burden. This burden would not fall on any industry or Romney’s fellow lawmakers. It would be on the average American, Romney’s constituents included. That includes Utah communities who have depended on oil, coal, and gas for their economic well being. He can give lip service to natural gas but he is well aware that there are plans to eliminate it from the national portfolio.
Romney once again has been able to smell the wind and determine which direction would be most beneficial for him. Romney can also add the distinction of being the Grifter Caucus leader in the Okefenokee Beltway.