Mitt Romney released his first official ad for the general election today called “Day One,” in which he makes three promises about what he’ll do on his first day on the job if elected.
Very first on the list, before doing anything else, Romney says he’ll approve the Keystone Pipeline.
Maybe this is Mitt’s answer to Obama’s marriage equality endorsement: his version of trying to draw a line in the sand with Democrats. But it still seems like a bizarre strategy given that Keystone is a poisonous issue not only for Democrats but for humans of all stripes who like it here on planet earth and would rather not see it go up in a ball of flame. We’re talking about a project that would provide massive amounts of oil to burn at 3-5 times the carbon emissions of regular oil, and poses a huge safety risk—if it ever sprang a leak, it would be a BP-sized disaster, or possibly worse.
Romney defiantly said last year he wouldn’t fight to reduce American output of greenhouse gasses because “they don’t call it America warming, they call it global warming.” Still, this seems like a pretty nutty position to lead with.
In case you’re wondering, his other two “day one” promises are lowering taxes (presumably for the super rich since those are the only taxes Obama is talking about raising) and scrapping Obamacare in favor of “common sense health care reform,” which is just vague enough to be completely meaningless. Take a look below.