The Republican field for the presidential nomination now has more traffic than the George Washington Bridge. That's because, as of yesterday, Governor Chris Christie is joining the GOP nomination sweepstakes. Christie claims to say what he means, and mean what he says. But when it comes to climate change it's more like he says what people want to hear and does the exact opposite.
Last month in New Hampshire, Christie said: "Global warming is real and human activity contributes to it."1 What he said sounds like good news, but what he's done as Governor and what he would do as president is a very different story. Back in 2011 Christie removed New Jersey from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- a cap-and-trade program that has reduced global warming pollution throughout the northeast and Canada. He also vetoed two bi-partisan bills to rejoin RGGI, which cost New Jersey $387 million and a chance to reduce air pollution.2 Christie's confusing climate record also includes his veto of legislation to limit fracking; blocking wind turbines after signing a bill approving them; and his support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.3
So why would Christie say one thing about climate when he's done so many things to make it worse? According to New Jersey State Senator Bob Smith it all comes down to a four letter word: K-O-C-H. David Koch once referred to Christie as, "My Kind of Guy."4 We can't let Christie sell our country out to the Koch's like he did New Jersey. That's why we need to let him know if he thinks his climate agenda is a road to the White House, it will be met with an even bigger traffic jam than...well, you know. Click here to make sure he get this message.
Gov. Christie's so-called climate solutions are nothing more than a bridge that connects him to climate deniers. And nothing demonstrates this better than what he recently did for his Big Oil buddies at Exxon. Legal experts predicted that Exxon would have to pay nearly 9 billion dollars to clean up New Jersey wetlands they destroyed. But just before they judgement came through, Christie settled for just $225 million.5 Worse yet, most of that money will be used to fix a budget crisis he created as governor, instead of cleaning up Exxon's damage. Big Oil rewarded Christie for his sell-out settlement by donating over $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association while he was chairman.
You don't even have to take my word on Christie's environmental record. Just listen to New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel who said, "What Chris Christie has done to the New Jersey, he will do to the country, which is mess it up. His attacks on clean air here show that he would be a terrible president on environmental issues. Christie has destroyed New Jersey's environment to support his national political ambitions."6
So there you have it: Chris Christie is a Koch Brothers crony and that would lead to a climate catastrophe. That's why we need to tell everyone the truth about him and show that you can't build a bridge to the White House with this kind of climate record. Click here to make sure Christie gets the traffic report.
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Anthony and the Environmental Action Climate Crusaders
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