By all accounts, John McCain's stance on global warming that it is real, that humans contribute to it and that we have to do something about it changed the GOP's 2008 platform.
But the platform remains a rather tepid acknowledgment of the risks. The real demons in the document are foreign oil and high energy prices or regulation including regulation to combat climate change that might change American lifestyles or do other than increase economic growth.
"Our current dependence on foreign fossil fuels threatens both our national security and our economy and could also force drastic changes in the way we live," the GOP energy platform reads, mentioning only later that the environment, too, is at risk, and never mentioning that global warming, too, carries those same risks.
About global warming, the platform doesn't recognize health risks and only glancingly recognizes national security risks. It primarily frames climate change as a potential threat to the environment.
"While the scope and longterm consequences of this are the subject of ongoing scientific research, common sense dictates that the United States should take measured and reasonable steps today to reduce any impact on the environment."
And the platform heaps plenty of skepticism on global warming and those who argue for aggressive action to counteract it:
"Republicans caution against the doomsday climate change scenarios peddled by the aficionados of centralized command-and-control government. We can and should address the risk of climate change based on sound science without succumbing to the no-growth radicalism that treats climate questions as dogma rather than as situations to be managed responsibly."
As such, the GOP's energy platform calls for increasing domestic oil drilling, continuing to rely on coal, building new nuclear power plants, as well as investing in renewable energy sources. The same basic strategy decreasing dependence on foreign energy is seen by the GOP as a way to make gains against global warming, despite the party's support for oil and coal.
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