No, not preparations for Hurricane Irene. What's begun is Mitt Romney's descent into the madness of radical Tea Party Republicanism.
In a Reuters article, Romney says would not put limits on emissions, the now not-necessarily-Republican-front-runner is quoted as saying,
"Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah, I don't know that but I think that it is," he said. "I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans."
"What I'm not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don't know the answer to."
He went on to say,
"I do not believe in cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap" on polluting industries, Romney said.
The problem here is that pre-Tea Mitt used to more reasonable. The article says,
"In June, a day after launching his second bid for the White House, Romney caused a stir by saying he thought humans had contributed to climate change to some extent.
At that time he made a call for a reduction of "emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that might be significant contributors" to climate change -- a suggestion that was not made on Wednesday."
So what's happened in these short 3 months?
The influence of people who don't understand what a scientific theory is, and whose religious beliefs deny science and the fossil record.
I've always thought that Mitt Romney was a moderate Republican who did an effective job as Governor of Massachusetts and who was running on a pro-business, less socially conservative platform. Rick Perry has altered that universe by saying the most outrageous, at times illegal and unconstitutional, utterances ever perpetrated in a presidential campaign (and that takes talent). Romney has to run hard to the right just to get some media attention.
Are most American voters swayed by these conservative principles? We'll find out.