Thursday, August 10, 2006

go green, Mitt, go green

I have this feeling that it may be time for the Republican party to become more overtly green. A recent cover story from Newsweek magazine talks about how important being environmentally conscious is to Americans these days. Crude oil is getting kind of expensive. The world is developing great technologies in renewable energy.

From emails and blogs I have read, Governor Romney has a positive record on environmental issues. Check out http://www.enn.com/biz.html?id=1230. In an Aug. 5, 2006 posting to the Mitt_Romney_For_President_2008 yahoo email group, Mike Laub put together an excellent list of actions and quotes by Mitt on environmental issues. There may even come a time when any Republican political candidate without a strong pro-environment stance will be looked down on by the Republican party.

Certainly the Democrats will make fun of it, but I think the Republicans should start sending a strong message about why their ways to “be green” (using market-driven forces) are better than the other's methods (which may include protests, lawsuits, getting upset, making folks feel guilty, etc.) Why not have this change start with Mitt Romney? I feel if the greening of the Republican party is to happen, the sooner the better. Why not encourage Mitt, during the last couple of months as a governor, to do one more thing big, green, and long-lasting. Right now the things people most associate with Mitt are Presidential candidate; Mormon; governor; the Big Dig; 2002 Olympics; and health care reform. The next thing to add to that list could be a political leader who is big on clean and renewable energy, and protecting the environment.

But what could that achievement be?

Maybe some kind of Massachusetts-wide (or even nation-wide) open competition to design something green as a solution to a government-related issue in Massachusetts. Maybe something related to the Big Dig project. I feel that a competition like this is a something that the Republican party could pull off better than the Democrats. Competition sounds like free markets, right?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Nivek said...

Mitt should take the ethanol isue away from Democrats by proposing a national mandate for E10, as well as a mandate that all new autos sold in the U.S. be flex-fuel vehicles, meaning they can run on any combination of ethanol/gas ranging from straight gas to up to 85% ethanol. Democrats would salivate to pass this and then he could hit em hard....

This would be tied to the other half of a proposed bill. The ethanol mandates would come when they ALSO agreed to opening ANWR, the Florida coast and other places in the US up for increased oil drilling, as well as easing the way for new refineries to be built very soon.

We could have our cake and eat it too.

What do any of you out there think of this for a Romney proposal?

3:42 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Nivek said...

Just an add on to what I wrote before this, an E10 mandate would not require any vehicle upgrades as nearly all auto manufacturers currently warranty vehicles for up to 10% ethanol in the fuel anyhow. I understand that nearly 30% of our nations fuel is E10 anyway whether people even realize it or not.

This position alone would nearly assure his election in the corn belt states (which are very purple).

This mandate proposal would also fit into Romney's principles of finding solutions to problems without raising taxes or increasing the size of any government programs.

Check out the American Coalition for Ethanol's website, or do a little resaerch into how bit the issue is becoming, as well as the current administrations mandate to double the country's use of E10 by 2012, and you tell me if Romney should own this issue in a way that no one but MC Hammer could touch!!

And by the way I am not a farmer, I just think this would be good for the country and as such could be another issue that could be part of a campaign to propel Romney to the White House.

3:52 PM, August 17, 2006  
Blogger mitchell said...

I like your ideas. You definitely have the political mind. As far as your recommendations for ethanol, I think those would be a good start to a more comprehensive and longterm set of solutions.

Mitchell

10:12 PM, August 17, 2006  
Blogger myclob said...

Great looking website... thanks for the credit!

My post is here: http://myclob.pbwiki.com/Environment

If you want to edit it the password is rittmomney

9:49 PM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Mitt pulling out of the New England area's global warming compact? In talking to GOP environmentalists that really hurt him as compared to McCain.

9:38 AM, September 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Green, let me just say that I welcome any/every candidate who talks to my issue.

But Ethanol won't take you too far; most republicans don't respond well to this, but I recommend you push efficiency technologies, clean energy, anti-sprawl and CAFE standards rises.

You can tie anti-sprawl into supporting a shaky housing market, and efficiency/clean-energy technologies into better jobs. CAFE standards are hand in hand with oil independence, and make more of an impact than ANWR drilling will ever make.

The Dems DON'T automatically have the greens' loyalty. If Mitt takes a lead, he'll get green support.

I'm at greenbark.wordpress.com!

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