(CNSNews.com) – A final draft of the Republican Party platform includes a first-ever plank on global warming that says human activity has contributed to climate change.
"The same human activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere," the draft reads. "Increased atmospheric carbon has a warming effect on the earth."
The GOP platform was approved by a 112-person platform committee in Minneapolis, Minn., late on Wednesday and will likely be ratified at the Republican National Convention on Monday.
Conservative experts on global warming told CNSNews.com on Thursday that while they are not surprised that the 2008 platform contains a plank asserting the existence of global warming, they think it was inserted to reflect McCain’s views and does not reflect the thinking of most Republicans.
“I am not surprised that it’s a plank in the platform, because that’s part of McCain’s platform, but it’s disappointing, because it’s an example of Republicans playing ‘me too’ rather than leading,” Ben Lieberman, a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told CNSNews.com on Thursday.
Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told CNSNews.com, “I wouldn’t say there has been a shift just within the party. The platform has just been designed to reflect the views of the nominee.
“There has been a feeling that I have seen among conservatives involved in the platform building that they want to stay as firm as possible finessing the language in a way that will give some ground to Senator McCain,” said Ebell. “But McCain really continues to be on the losing side of this issue with conservatives.”
The 2004 Republican platform included a plank on “Global Climate Change” but did not include references to global warming.
“Republicans are committed to meeting the challenge of long-term global climate change by relying on markets and new technologies to improve energy efficiency,” said the 2004 platform.