Mitt Romney is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination, after dropping tons of his own money but failing to win enough states or delegates to compete against Sen. John McCain.
Romney had distinguished himself as the candidate most hostile to environmental protections.
As governor, he opposed a pioneering effort to cut greenhouse gas pollution that was bipartisan; led by a fellow Republican, then-New York Gov. George Pataki; and state-driven, which should have pleased a Republican hesitant to impose federal will on the states.
As a candidate, he sought to capitalize on turmoil in the American auto industry by pledging to roll back the first fuel economy improvements in a generation, mileage standards that President Bush signed into law late last year as part of the energy bill.
He criticized McCain for his support of a cap-and-trade regulation that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and offered no credible alternative to fight global warming. Nor did he talk about it as an urgent problem.
Finally, he opposed another state initiative on global warming: California's effort to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles, which about a dozen other states hoped to follow.
Energy and environmental issues did not play a big role in the campaign, or in the choices voters have made, if polls are to be believed. But the next president will have to deal with important energy and environmental issues, nonetheless. So, Mitt Romney, we say good green riddance.
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