Mitt Romney

Former Governor of Massachusetts

Oct 7, 2011
Outside Magazine
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney    Photo: Gage Skidmore

Outdoor cred: 9

Environmental cred: 5

Spends his time outdoors in: New Hampshire and Utah

Bio: The son of the former governor of Michigan, Romney has spent his life in the political spotlight and was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002. As the head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he rescued the Games from from financial disaster. Like Perry, he’s a former Eagle Scout.

Telling quote: "Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah, I don't know that but I think that it is," Romney said. "I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans."

Loves to: Ski, run, and horseback ride. He owns a home and boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. He once said, “I’ve been a hunter all my life,” but then admitted he had only been on a couple of hunting trips. His nuanced follow-up: “I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times," according to the Associated Press.

Environmental Stance: Once a supporter of cap-and-trade in the Northeast, he’s now staunchly against any kind of regulation aimed at curbing climate change. He admits that he thinks the planet is getting warmer, but has recently backed away from his belief that it’s caused by humans. As governor of Massachusetts, he cut funding for protection of state park, forests, and beaches by one third, or roughly $40 million, according to the Boston Globe.  Romney thinks we should drill, baby, drill and supports promoting research in renewable energy technology.

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