Climate ENcounters: Trump and Christie

over 3 years ago

The politics and elections nerds at ClimateEye can spend hours combing through meeting transcripts and candidate stump speeches, but the desired super power is to be a fly on the wall during the suite of intense, high-level endorsement meetings that seem to be occurring across the country. Given our wings are not fully functioning, we had to settle for imagining how some of these conversations went down.

For example: when GOP frontrunner Donald Trump pitched New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his endorsement, did those two walk through a list of issues on which they agree and/or beg to differ? And if so, just how did that conversation go when the topic turned the issue of climate change?

ClimateEye did not have a secret microphone recording the exchange, but thanks to a year's worth of alerts, we do have a vast index of climate quotes from both guys. We imagine the Trump-Christie climate ENcounter went a little bit like this:

Christie: "I [was] a candidate in this race who has said I believe climate change is real and I believe human activity contributes to it. So now, what do we do is the question."

Trump: "They don't want me use to use hairspray, they want me to use the pump... I want to use hairspray. They say don't use hairspray, it's bad for the ozone."

Christie: "I don't buy the fact that it's a crisis..."

Trump: "I think that climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax... A lot of people are making a lot of money."

Christie: "I believe in climate change. And human beings contribute to it."

Trump: "We are going to work very very hard on clean air and clean water. Those are all very important things. But climate change is not a priority."

Christie: "What we should do is be investing in all types of energy."

Perhaps, after all was said, these gentlemen agreed to disagree on one of the most significant issues the world faces, and we don't mean the false choice between aerosol or pump hairspray.

Next in the Climate ENcounters series: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz woos former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his support. Tune in tomorrow for more!