In a Feb. 27 letter, the West Virginia Coal Association asked Mitt Romney:
What is your position on the Kyoto Protocol and the cap-and-trade legislation that failed in Congress? Will you pursue any laws, rules or policies to implement controls that will penalize the jobs of workers in the fossil fuel industries of this country? How would you address the Obama Administration’s backdoor efforts to regulate carbon without Congressional intent?
I am strongly opposed to the President’s misguided attempts to regulate carbon in direct contravention of the will of Congress. Carbon dioxide is not a “pollutant” and I will seek an amendment to the Clean Air Act that makes this clear. Proposals like Kyoto, or the failed cap-and-trade legislation, would have no significant impact on worldwide carbon emissions but they would impose draconian constraints on our own economy. I believe the right course for our nation is to pursue policies that maintain our global lead in technological innovation, helping us to burn existing fuels more cleanly and will eventually diversifying the sources of energy that we can use economically.