Romney says climate change is real

Romney says climate change is real
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Stoking the fires for a possible third presidential run, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Romney: Trump's remarks at Putin summit 'disgraceful and detrimental to democratic principles' Utah's largest paper compares child separation to war crimes in scathing editorial MORE split with the majority of Republicans and said he believes humans contribute to climate change. 

"I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," Romney said of climate change, during a speech in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Romney argued "real leadership" is needed to deal with carbon pollution from coal plants, the Deseret News reported.

Romney's made the statement a day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted 98-1 that "climate change is real and not a hoax."

In a second vote, however, Republicans voted down a measure that specifically said humans "significantly" contribute to climate change. 

Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, has reportedly told donors he is weighing a third run in 2016.