Yes, Governor Christie. You Did Think About The Cause of Sandy

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Here’s Governor Chris Christie answering a difficult question today in his classic, refuse-to-answer form:

“I have to tell you the truth, I’ve been focused on a lot of things, the cause of this is not one of them that I’ve focused on,” Christie said in response to a question about the role climate change could have played in fueling the Oct. 29, 2012 storm. …

“I try not to give answers that I haven’t thought about yet,” Christie said. “It’s not a main concern for me.”

Yes, Mr. Governor.  You have thought about it, and it was a concern for you just three years ago when you did this:

In a blow to clean energy advocates throughout the Northeast, Gov. Chris Christie said this morning that the state will pull out of the region’s “gimmicky” cap-and-trade program by the end of the year. …

“I’m glad the governor went to global warming school but he didn’t learn his lesson,” said David Pringle, political director of New Jersey Environmental Federation, which backed Christie for the top office.

During an afternoon news conference held by environmentalists, Luis Martinez, an energy attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said Christie bowed to fossil fuel lobbyists targeting the initiative.

Cap and trade is a conservative, market based system for addressing pollution that was first implemented under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, and it worked flawlessly in reducing acid rain to the point where it is not an issue anymore.

To the “conservative” Christie that’s “gimmicky.”

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