Axios reporter Amy Harder talked to a lot of people for her column today on Washington's broken climate debate. Here are some quotes that didn't make the final cut, but which we found interesting and wanted to share with you:
Jerry Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center, a conservative group that supports a carbon tax, on GOP thinking on climate:
"Tectonic plates beneath the Republican party are not stable. That's not obvious to anyone who is not engaging with Republicans, but it's fairly obvious to us."
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, on most Republicans not acknowledging scientific consensus on climate:
"We have been far too nice waiting for them to be willing to admit obvious truths that they know, but won't admit publicly because they think it's bad politics."
Ted Halstead, CEO of Climate Leadership Council, a group of conservative leaders pushing for climate policy:
"Democrats and environmentalists have done themselves a disservice over the years by putting forth such an alarmist message it prevents people from thinking through practical solutions."
Ed Maibach, climate change communications professor at George Mason University, about the difficulties of conveying the details of climate change science:
"Most people are not motivated to actually learn the facts about anything."