FLASHBACK: In 2005, Romney Lauded Cap-And-Trade As "Good For Business"

October 07, 2009 2:19 pm ET

Continuing his streak of changing his policy views to fit his political aspirations, Mitt Romney sent an October 7, 2009 email lambasting clean energy jobs legislation.  Besides being wrong on the merits, Romney fervently criticizes a climate policy he embraced just a few short years ago.

Romney Sent Email To Supporters Lambasting Cap-And-Trade

Romney Wrote:

In the guise of addressing climate change, President Obama has asked Congress to pass a cap and trade program that will have a devastating impact on hard-working American families and on our economy as a whole. The House has already passed a version of this legislation, and just last week, Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry answered the President's call by introducing a cap and trade bill in the Senate.   

We need to act now before it is too late and stop this legislation. [Romney's Free & Strong America PAC email, 10/7/09]

In 2005, Romney Said Cap-And-Trade Was "Good For Business"

2005: Romney Endorsed Cap-And-Trade, Saying "We Can Effectively Create Incentives To Help Stimulate A Sector Of The Economy And At The Same Time Not Kill Jobs. ... I'm Convinced It Is Good Business." According to the Boston Globe:

Governor Mitt Romney signaled his support yesterday for a regional agreement among Northeastern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite opposition from power companies and other business interests that have been lobbying the administration against the plan.

In opening remarks to a clean-energy conference in Boston, Romney said the first-of-its-kind agreement, under which Massachusetts and eight other states could be required to cut power plant emissions by 2020, will not hurt the economy, as some have charged. He argued that it would spur businesses to develop clean- and renewable-energy technology to market worldwide.

''This is a great thing for the Commonwealth," Romney said, his strongest endorsement of the pact to date. ''We can effectively create incentives to help stimulate a sector of the economy and at the same time not kill jobs."


''I'm convinced it is good business," Romney said. [Boston Globe, 11/8/05]

Click Here To View Media Matters Action Network's Fact Check Of Romney's False Claim That Clean Energy Jobs Legislation Would Significantly Raise Costs For American Households