Bill Clinton blasts Romney's climate change skepticism in Minneapolis speech [VIDEOS]

For Clinton, climate change is no laughing matter.
For Clinton, climate change is no laughing matter.
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Bill Clinton was in town yesterday delivering a speech at the University of Minnesota, and during one notable passage he put Mitt Romney on blast for laughing about climate change during his RNC speech.

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Romney's climate change skepticism looks especially bad in the wake of the unprecedented destruction wrought along the Atlantic Seaboard by Hurricane Sandy, which as of yesterday had killed at least 32 people while doing more than $20 billion in damage.

But Romney scoffs at the notion that elected officials are capable of doing anything about storms of Sandy's sort, as evidenced by this transcription and clip of the relevant part of his RNC speech:

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. [Extended laughter] And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.

During his speech yesterday, Clinton pointed out that climate change is clearly more than a theoretical issue at this point -- it's already impacting public policy, especially on the East Coast.

[Romney] ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways. He said, 'Oh, you're going to turn back the seas.' In my part of America we would like it if someone could've done that yesterday.

All up and down the East Coast, there are mayors, many of them Republicans, who are being told, 'You gotta move these houses back away from the ocean, you gotta lift them up, climate change is going to raise the water levels on a permanent basis. If you want your town insured, you have to do this.'

In the real world, Barack Obama's policies work better.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Clinton's late-in-the-game Minneapolis appearance "signaled concern in the Obama camp that the president faces a rockier road here then he did four years ago when he won by ten points." Indeed, a Mason-Dixon poll released Saturday showed Obama with just a three-point advantage over Romney, but New York Times election analyst Nate Silver, drawing from the Mason-Dixon poll but also from a number of other recent surveys, still projects Obama to carry the Land of 10,000 Lakes by just under seven points.

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