“I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that,” he said, according to the Associated Press, adding that federal leaders need to do more to stem the problem.
This declaration, made at an investment management conference in Utah on Wednesday night, is a change in tone for Romney as he emphasized possible human influence on climate change and world leaders’ ability to take action to stop it.
“I believe that climate change is occurring. ... I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to factors out of our control,” Romney wrote in his book No Apology, published in 2010.
Back in 2012, Romney also pivoted on climate change questions by making them all about economic effects rather than environmental ones. He told an audience at an October 2011 private fundraiser in Pittsburgh, “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.”
In that same speech, he added that he believed America should focus on the economic benefits of added energy exploration, including drilling, within the United States.