I might regret saying this, but if RomneyCare is the nominee I’m staying home, which is a symbolic gesture at best when you vote Republican in Mass.

(Politico) — Mitt Romney won’t be doing any apology tours on climate change.

The early GOP presidential front-runner has broken with his party’s conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions.

But the former Massachusetts governor is also quick to trash cap and trade, carbon taxes and other controversial policies that have been kicked around over the last decade in Washington.

In a sense, Romney’s initial global warming stance sounds a lot like that of former President George W. Bush, who during his two terms reluctantly accepted climate science while fighting Democrats and environmentalists over what to do about it.

“He realizes it’s an issue. It’s an issue that’s real,” said Jeff Holmstead, a former Bush EPA air pollution official and Romney supporter who doesn’t have an official role in the campaign. “But I think he’s not convinced that the ideas that the environmental community are putting forward is a sensible way of dealing with it.”

Until now, Romney has had a relatively easy time in dealing with the politics of climate change, in no small part because conservatives have been busy pummeling his record in Massachusetts on health care.

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