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A Shift in the GOP Platform on Energy and Climate?

August 31, 2012; 6:36 PM ET

Brad Plumer of the Washington Post wrote an interesting piece yesterday (before Romney's convention speech) comparing the current Republican party's platform on Energy and Climate with what it was just back in 2008.

According to Plumer it appears that the GOP has indeed made a pronounced shift.......

Excerpts from Plumer's Washington Post blog.......

The 2008 GOP platform certainly didn't agree with liberals and environmentalists on everything. Far from it. The document put a heavy emphasis on nuclear power, which tends to cause some green groups to bristle (although many Democrats softened their opposition to atomic energy in the years that followed, in a failed effort to woo conservatives on climate policy). The platform also had harsh words for "doomsday climate change scenarios" and "no-growth radicalism." Yet the 2008 GOP platform was, essentially, taking part in a debate over how best to tackle greenhouse gases-not about whether the climate was changing at all.

Skip ahead to 2012, and the GOP platform takes a markedly different tone. That section devoted to climate change? Gone. Instead, the platform flatly opposes "any and all cap and trade legislation" to curtail greenhouse gases. It demands that Congress "take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations." It criticizes the Obama administration's National Security Strategy for "elevat[ing] ‘climate change' to the level of a ‘severe threat' equivalent to foreign aggression." The platform even tosses in what appears to be a subtle swipe at climate scientists.

You can read the full story right here.

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